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SM Adam volume 11/117


[2] Finished drawing for the Earl of Thanet's dressing room, 1764


Plan of a rectangular ceiling with a central patera enclosed by a band of fluting, reed and ribbon intertwined with festoons, a band of rosettes enclosed within figure-of-eight calyx, cable moulding, further festoons, and on each side two acanthus leaf volutes enclosing rosettes and flanking a drop of calyx


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Cieling for the Right Honble The Earl of Thanets Dressing room at His / Lds House in Grosvenor Square

Signed and dated

  • 1764
    Robt Adam Architect 1764

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (458 x 363)


Adam office hand, possibly George Richardson or James Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 39
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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