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SM Adam volume 12/2


[4] Record drawing for a ceiling for the back parlour, 1769


Plan of a square ceiling with a chimneybreast on one side, with a central medallion, enclosed within a frame of fluting and laurel leaf tips, and encircled by anthemia enclosed within triangles, and alternating peltoid shields and medallions, all set within a shaped octagon, with rinceaux on each side


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the back Parlor at Sir Robert Richs House in Grosvenor Square / Pink / Green

Signed and dated

  • 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including pink and olive green on laid paper (411 x 409)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 37
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 180
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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