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SM Adam volume 11/104


[12] Finished drawing for the ceiling for the dressing room, 1765, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular ceiling with a central rectangular compartment of fret, and enclosed rosettes, containing a rosette enclosed by a fan ornamented with scrolled hearts, and enclosed calyx, encircled by rosettes and patera within figure-of-eight wreaths, and outside the rectangular compartment are rosettes, festoons, peltoid shields, oval medallions containing baskets, and rectangular figurative panels


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for Mrs Sargents Dressing Room

Signed and dated

  • 1765
    1765 and it appears that a signature has been mostly cropped from the bottom left-hand corner

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including Indian red, lemon yellow and pink within a single ruled border on laid paper (469 x 416)


Adam office hand, possibly George Richardson, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p 37
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 180
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

Original Drawings of Robert and James Adam, Kenwood House, London, 1953
Robert Adam's London, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 30 November 2016 - 11 March 2017

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