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SM Adam volume 11/208


[55] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the state bedchamber, 1772


Plan of a rectangular ceiling with a central elliptical figurative medallion enclosed within a band of enclosed anthemia, and guilloche containing further figurative medallions, framed by festoons held by winged griffons supported by pedestals composed of human figures, and the festoons support drops composed of bows, calyx, tubular flowers, oval figurative medallions, arabesques, birds, and enclosed rosettes


bar scale of 7/10 inch to 1 foot


Cieiling of the Bed Chamber at Osterley. not executed

Signed and dated

  • 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including pink and verdigris on laid paper (487 x 470)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 25
Harris, 2001, p. 352
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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