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SM Adam volume 11/172


[1] Design for a ceiling for the drawing room at 41 Portman Square, 1766, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular, tripartite ceiling, divided by a border of enclosed rosettes, rinceaux, and winged griffons flanking urns. The central square contains a central roundel, set within a lozenge containing rinceaux, and enclosed by rosettes and festoons, and with a fan in each corner, enclosed by a band of Vitruvian scroll. The rectangular side compartments contain rinceaux of volute-shaped acanthus leaves, rosettes, anthemia, and drops of calyx


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Cornish (in pencil) / [cropped] at Morning a Sketch ready to this [cropped] (in pencil) / Cieling for the Drawing room for Willm Locke Esqr

Signed and dated

  • 1766

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (441 x 332)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Nasmith or William Hamilton


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 48
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 130
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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