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SM Adam volume 12/154


[1] Record drawing for a ceiling for the front drawing room, 1774, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with canted bows on each of the short sides, and with the central flat ornamented with a central oval medallion, enclosed within a frame of anthemia enclosed within calyx, and this is set within an octagonal frame, divided into square compartments by drops of calyx, and containing tables, winged sphinxes, arabesques, urns, half figures, and peltoid shields within wreaths, and the whole is set within an octagonal border of arabesques, and with a fan within a triangular compartment in each corner, and the bows are ornamented with segmental compartments containing segmental medallions, enclosed within frames of Vitruvian scroll with foliage, and enclosed anthemia, and set within a border of arabesques, and the whole central flat and segmental compartments in the bows are contained within a tabula ansata-shaped border


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Cieling of the front Drawing room at The Earl of March's in Piccadilly / Window (in pencil) / Window (in pencil) / Window (in pencil) and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • September 1774
    Adelphi / 23 Sep 1774.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including terre verte, pink and Indian yellow on laid paper (554 x 396)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 45
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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