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SM Adam volume 11/267


[6] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the square room, 1769


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a central square compartment flanked by bands of scrolled hearts, with a central medallion, enclosed within crockets and four peltoid shields, and the whole set within an x-shaped frame of cable moulding with a rosette enclosed within a fan at each end, and to each of the four sides is a compartment of half figures, festoons, cameos, and rinceaux, all set within another x-shaped frame of cable moulding, with a quarter rosette enclosed within a fan in each corner, and a segmental compartment containing winged sphinxes flanking an urn to each side, and set within a border of fluting and rosettes


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the square room fronting Stratton Street for The Earl of Eglington (sic)

Signed and dated

  • 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including olive green, pink, and Indian red on laid paper (465 x 431)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


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



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