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SM Adam volume 11/203


[38] Record drawing for a ceiling for the new hall in the west range, 1767, executed with minor alterations


Plan of a rectangular, compartmental ceiling, divided by bands of scrolled hearts, with a central rectangular compartment containing a peltoid shield, and elliptical bands of arabesques and Vitruvian scroll, with a patera at the centre, and with bordering square and rectangular compartments containing enclosed paterae, arabesques, urns, and an anthemion enclosed within a scrolled heart


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Cieling of the Hall at Osterley / Complete copy of this at Osterley (in pencil in the hand of Arthur Bolton)

Signed and dated

  • 1767

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (570 x 438)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam or William Hamilton


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 25
Stillman, 1966, p. 69
Beard, 1978, p. 41
Rowan, 1988, p. 71
Harris, 2001, p. 351
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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