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SM Adam volume 5/33


[1] Preliminary design for a ceiling for the great dining room, as executed, 1780


Rough plan of a rectangular, tripartite ceiling, with a central square compartment, and two bordering rectangular compartments, divided by bands of scrolled hearts, and screens of two columns. The square has a central rosette, encircled by two alternative designs, one for a fan, and the other being an enclosed anthemion, and with borders of enclosed rosettes. The rectangles to either side contain medallions enclosed by wreaths


not to scale


Cieling of the Great Room at Cumberland House / orange / Light Grey / Light Orange / Pink ground / Etruscan ground / Light Orange / Grey Ground Bands / Etruscan Honeysuckle & [feint word] yellow / Light Orange / Etruscan Ground / Light Orange / Light Grey Ornaments / Etruscan [2 feint words] / Dark grounds and other feint pencil annotations

Signed and dated

  • 1780
    datable to 1780

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (292 x 585)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 44
Stillman, 1966, p. 106
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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