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SM Adam volume 8/95


[4] Preliminary design for a ceiling for the bow room, 1769


Rough plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a canted bow at one end, containing a segmental rosette, enclosed within a fan, and a border of Vitruvian scroll with foliage. This detail is shown to a larger scale on the right-hand side of the sheet. The central flat is ornamented with a central oval compartment, encircled by calyx, an oval frame, four enclosed rosettes, and serpentine ribbons and wreaths containing enclosed rosettes, oval medallions, and one roundel is overdrawn with a peltoid shield, and with a rosette enclosed within a wreath in each corner


not to scale


Lord Eglington (sic)and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1769
    datable to 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (609 x 478)


Robert Adam


fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


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



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