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SM Adam volume 14/44


[1] Design for a ceiling for an unknown room, 1772, unexecuted


Plan of a square ceiling, with an apsidal end, with a central medallion, encircled by enclosed rosettes, festoons, peltoid shields containing cameos, and accompanied by an x-shaped arrangement of foliage, and with a border on each side, containing either scrolled hearts, or figure-of-eight ribbons enclosing within anthemia, and the apse contains a fan, and lozenges enclosed rosettes and calyx, and alternating with arabesques


bar scale of ¾ inch to 1 foot


Design of a Cieling for _ Hamilton Esqr in St James’s Square (in St James's Square in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and olive green wash on laid paper (343 x 392)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 49
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 181
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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