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SM Adam volume 12/88


[15] Design for a ceiling for an unknown room, 1771, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular, cross-vaulted ceiling, ornamented with a central patera, drops of calyx along the ribs of the vault, and with each side of the ribs forming a triangular compartment containing a medallion, enclosed within a fluted frame, supported by arabesques, and surmounted by calyx flanked by festoons, and the medallion is flanked by winged griffons with arabesque tails


bar scale of 4/5 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for Sir George Colebrooke

Signed and dated

  • 1771

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including verdigris, pink, and Indian yellow on laid paper (540 x 410)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


XD&CB within a cartouche


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



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