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SM Adam volume 8/77


[3] Preliminary design for a ceiling for the saloon, c1767, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a cove ornamented with medallions within lozenges of drops of calyx and fans. The central flat has a central square compartment containing a rosette enclosed within a fan; and with rinceaux enclosed within a lozenge-shaped frame; and encircled by peltoid shields, and enclosed rosettes; and within a border of rinceaux. The central compartment is flanked by rectangular compartments containing a central rosette within a lozenge, flanked by vesica-shaped and triangular compartments of rinceaux


bar scale of ½ inch to 1 foot


some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • c1767
    datable to c1767

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (563 x 404)


Robert Adam


XDB&C within a cartouche


Sands, 2012, Volume 2, pp. 105-106
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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