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SM Adam volume 8/149


[1] Preliminary design for a ceiling for the great room, 1769, as executed


Rough plan of a rectangular ceiling, with an apsidal end, containing a segmental rosette, encircled by a fluted frame, and a fan. The central flat is tripartite. There is a central square containing a medallion, enclosed within a fluted frame, and a frame of cable moulding, and encircled by compartments divided by bands of cable moulding, containing rinceaux, urns supported by pedestals, and segmental medallions behind bands of fans, and with rinceaux in each corner. The central square is flanked by rectangular compartments, containing a repeating pattern of enclosed rosettes, within lozenges, alternating with miniature enclosed rosettes, and with calyx, anthemia, and arabesques between each lozenge


not to scale


Lord Eglingtons (sic) Great Room / (and in pen) Blue Ground / Painted ornam / fan Colour / White / Blue Ground / Pink Ground / Green / White / Pink / Green Bas relif

Signed and dated

  • 1769
    datable to 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (610 x 405)


Robert Adam


IHS IVILLEDARY and fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 51
Stillman, 1966, p. 102
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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