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SM Adam volume 12/3


[6] Record drawing for a ceiling for the front drawing room, 1769


Plan of a rectangular ceiling with a chimneybreast on one of the short sides. There is a central medallion, enclosed within circular frames of laurel leaf tips, and an octagonal fan within an octagonal frame of fluting and laurel leaf tips, enclosed by festoons supporting four peltoid shields. The whole is set within a shaped x-shape arrangement of reed and ribbon, with a fan and an oval medallion in each corner, and an urn supporting arabesques on each side, and this is overlaid in each corner by a shaped triangular compartment containing winged griffons with arabesque tails


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the front Drawing room at Sir Robert Richs House Grosvenor Square

Signed and dated

  • 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including pink and terre verte on laid paper (487 x 457)


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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