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SM Adam volume 8/122


[1] Preliminary design for a ceiling for the front drawing room, 1769, thought to be as executed


Plan of a tripartite rectangular cieling, with a central medallion, encircled by tubular flowers, all within an x-shaped arrangement with rosettes enclosed by octagons at each corner, and on each side is a segmental compartment containing an urn and arabesques, and the whole is flanked by rectangular compartments containing anthemia, and rosettes within lozenges


not to scale

Signed and dated

  • 1769
    datable to 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (435 x 292)


Robert Adam


Plan of a series of circular and square rooms, and a wall elevation showing a door, flanked by niches, and behind a screen of two columns, to a scale


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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