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SM Adam volume 11/197


[3] Record drawing for the ceiling of the great room, 1766, as executed


Plan of a rectangular compartmental ceiling, with a central apse at one end, divided by bands of scrolled hearts, and panels containing rinceaux, and rosettes within octagonal frames. The central flat has a central rectangular compartment with a central patera enclosed within an elliptical frame of Vitruvian scroll, a fan, and an additional elliptical frame of cable moulding, encircled by festoons, and with a rosette within a wreath in each corner, and this central compartment is framed by rectangular compartments containing rosettes enclosed within fans of fluting and lozenges, and with an enclosed medallion in each corner. The apse head is ornamented with a central patera, enclosed within a fan, and bands of compartments containing oval medallions, rosettes enclosed within lozenges, rinceaux, rosettes enclosed with octagons, and festoons


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot


Cieing of the Great room at the Earl of Fife's House Whitehall

Signed and dated

  • 1766

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (862 x 612)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton


XD&CB within a cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 51
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 423
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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