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SM Adam volume 8/69


[1] Preliminary design for the ceiling of the great room, 1766


Plan of part of a niche head, with a central rosette, encircled by fluting, enclosed rosettes, a band of hatching, and a fan containing grotesque panels of arabesques, anthemia, and enclosed rosettes, and beyond is a band of miniature square coffering, an enclosed rosette, encircled by anthemia, and more coffering


not to scale


Nich My Lord Fife and some rough calculations

Signed and dated

  • 1766
    datable to 1766

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (184 x 253)


Robert Adam


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



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