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SM Adam volume 14/21


[2] Design for a ceiling for the hall, 1777, as executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a central rosette encircled by a fan and enclosed within a roundel. Beyond this there are festoons of calyx, ox skulls, and further rosettes enclosed within figure-of-eight calyx


bar scale of ¾ inch to 1 foot


Design of a Cieling for the Hall at Wormleybury the Seat of Sir Abraham Hume Bart.

Signed and dated

  • Sept 1777
    Adelphi 27. Sep.t 1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (606 x 446)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 31
Harris, 2001, p. 71
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 250
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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