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SM Adam volume 12/80


[5] Record drawing for a ceiling for the book room, 1771, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular coved ceiling, with a rectangular recess screened by columns. There is a tripartite central flat, divided by bands of connected enclosed rosettes, with a central square compartment, containing a rosette, enclosed within circular frames, encircled by masks and anthemia, set within a lozenge-shaped frame, with an apron of festoons, half figures with arabesque arms and calyx legs, supported by tubular flowers, and with a segmental rosette in each corner. The central square compartment is flanked by oval compartments, containing rosettes within vesica-shaped frames, with aprons of festoons, calyx, rosettes, masks and anthemia, and the cove is ornamented with festoons hung from bows and urns, supporting military trophies, rosettes enclosed within wreaths, and arabesques


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Book room at Sir George Colebrooke's / in Arlington Street / A duplicate / Book Room (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1771

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including pink and Indian yellow on laid paper (562 x 385)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


XD&CB within a cartouche


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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