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SM Adam volume 12/77


[1] Record drawing for a ceiling for the front parlour, 1771, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular, compartmental ceiling divided by bands of double guilloche. With a central rectangular compartment, containing a lozenge-shaped medallion, enclosed within a fan of stiff leaf, a circular fluted frame, a series of double calyx, and a shaped dodecahedron of beading. This is encircled by rosettes within segmental fans, all set within a circular frame, and flanked by arabesques enclosing tazza, winged griffons, and portrait medallions. The central compartment is flanked by rectangular compartments, containing oval medallions, enclosed within oval frames attended by vines. Above and below are five compartments along each long edge of the ceiling, comprising three rectangular compartments alternating with square compartments, with the central compartments containing a medallion, flanked by rosettes and calyx, and segmental rosettes enclosed within fans, and the square compartments to either side contain lozenge-shaped portrait medallions, with a fan on each side. The rectangular compartments beyond in each corner contain oval medallions, flanked by segmental rosettes enclosed within fans


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the front Parlor at Sir George Colebrooke's in Arlington Street / Ornamentation (in pencil) / Cornice (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1771

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including verdigris, pink, and Indian yellow on laid paper (555 x 420)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 34
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 180
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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