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SM Adam volume 5/74


[32] Preliminary design for the ceiling for a room at Hulne Priory, 1778, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular ceiling; with a central square compartment, containing a rosette enclosed within a fan of trefoils, and with a border of rosettes enclosed within lozenges, hexagons and octagons; and this central square is flanked by rectangular compartments containing a triangle of trefoil-shaped crockets, bands of lozenges and rosettes formed of trefoils, and this triangle is flanked by enclosed rosettes encircled by triangles enclosing trefoils; and the whole has a border which is divided into triangles containing quatrefoils or fans of trefoils


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for a Room in Haln Abbey / A shaded copy given to the Duke [cropped]

Signed and dated

  • 17/06/1778
    Adelphi / 17t. June 1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (467 x 361)


Robert Adam


Fleming, 1958, pp. 76, 79
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 396
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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