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SM Adam volume 11/227


[5] Record drawing for a ceiling for the saloon, 1767, as executed


Plan of a rectangular, coved ceiling, with a tripartite central flat, divided by borders of anthemia and rinceaux; with a central square compartment containing a medallion, encircled by enclosed anthemia, lunettes and fans; and the square is flanked by bordering rectangular compartments containing lunettes of paterae, and lozenges of calyx; and the central flat has an outer border of Vitruvian scroll with foliage. The cove is ornamented with medallions, and lunettes containing enclosed anthemia


bar scale of ½ inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Saloon at Nostel and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1767

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including pink and verdigris on laid paper (583 x 422)


Adam office hand, possibly Giuseppe Sacco, William Hamilton or J.P. Laurent


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 24
Harris, 2001, p. 355
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 219
Knox and Raikes, 2008, p. 24
Sands, 2012, Volume 2, pp. 105, 109
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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