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SM Adam volume 12/27


[1] Record drawing for a ceiling for the drawing room, 1769, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular tripartite ceiling with a chimneybreast at one of the short ends, and divided by bands of rosettes and rosettes enclosed within connected roundels and lozenges, with a central square compartment containing a central roundel, enclosed within a frame of miniature rosettes, encircled by alternating enclosed rosettes and triangular compartments containing winged half figures, and all enclosed within a shaped lozenge, encircled by alternating ovals and lozenges, within a circular frame of Vitruvian scroll, and with an urn and arabesques in each corner, and the central square is flanked by rectangular compartments containing segmental compartments with a large central tubular flower flanked by rinceaux and enclosed masks, and with a triangle in each top corner outside the segmental compartment, containing winged figures


bar scale 3/5 inch to 1 foot


Cieling of the front Drawing room at The Earl of Clanbrassillis (sic) in Stanhope Street / Cornice / Cornice / Cornice / Cornice / (and in pencil) to [ ____ ] west and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including pink, violet, Indian red, and verdigris on laid paper (573 x 401)


Adam office, possibly William Hamilton


XD&CB within a cartouche


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



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