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SM Adam volume 13/140


[1] Record drawing for the ceiling for the front drawing room, c1768-72, probably unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular ceiling with a central elliptical compartment containing an enclosed patera encircled by acanthus leaves, arabesques, anthemia, a diamond, festoons and medallions, and this is flanked on either side by two irregular quadrilateral panels containing urns, and lunette panels containing urns and sphinxes. In addition there are border panels of arabesques, and an enclosed rosette encircled by anthemia in each corner


to a scale


Design for finishing the Cieling of the front Drawing room at Mrs Stevensons House / Hertford Street

Signed and dated

  • 1768-1772
    datable to c1768-72

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including pink and verdigris on laid paper (508 x 405)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 40
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 179
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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