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SM Adam volume 14/7


[3] Preliminary design for a variant ceiling for the drawing room, 1775, unexecuted


Plan of a tripartite rectangular ceiling, divided by bands containing miniature rosettes, with a chimneybreast on one of the short ends, and with a central square compartment containing a medallion, enclosed within a fan ornamented with anthemia and calyx, and set within a circular frame of miniature rosettes, and the central square is flanked by rectangular compartments, one of which contains a patera, within oval frames of enclosed anthemia and miniature rosettes


bar scale of ½ inch to 1 foot


Cieling for Doctor Warren’s 1st. Drawing Room (underwritten in pencil) / (and in pencil) Sky / Lg [presumably light green] / D green / L green / Window / dark green / dark / light / darkish green / darkest green and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1775
    Adelphi / June 3d. 1775.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil and pen on laid paper (443 x 285)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 58
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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