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SM Adam volume 11/213


[2] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the front drawing room, 1769, thought to be as executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling with a central figurative medallion encircled by Vitruvian scroll, calyx enclosed within wreaths, and arabesques, all within an x-shape arrangement of reed and ribbon, with a medallion at each corner, enclosed within festoons of Vitruvian scroll, and on each side is a segmental compartment containing a figurative lunette, with a frame of enclosed anthemia, and beyond each segmental compartment is a tablet containing arabesques and rosettes, and the whole is flanked by rectangular compartments containing enclosed rosettes and calyx within connected lozenges, alternating with arabesques


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Cieling for the Front Drawing Room at Robert Child Esqrs House in Berkeley Square

Signed and dated

  • 1769
    Robt Adam Architect 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including pink, verdigris and cerulean blue on laid paper (584 x 442)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 35
Harris, 2000, p. 43
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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