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SM Adam volume 11/214


[4] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the front drawing room, 1776, thought to be as executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling with a central figurative medallion, encircled by festoons, oval medallions, and set within an x-shaped arrangement, framed by figurative medallions, flanked by winged sphinxes, and urns on turned pedestals, and in each corner is a segmental rosette, enclosed within a frame of enclosed anthemia, and a border of miniature rosettes, and the whole has a border of rectangular compartments containing enclosed anthemia, alternating with squares containing enclosed rosettes in each corner, and segmental figurative compartments on each side, and this is flanked by rectangular compartments containing medallions, festoons, beading, tubular flowers, and arabesques


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Cieling for the first Drawing room at Robert Child Esqrs House in Berkeley Square

Signed and dated

  • 1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including pink, verdigris and cerulean blue within a single ruled border on laid paper (421 x 475)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


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



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