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SM Adam volume 14/22


[11] Record drawing for a ceiling for the dining room, 1777, as executed


Plan of a tripartite ceiling with a central square compartment ornamented with a medallion encircled by a fan, a band of rosettes, and festoons of husks. All this is enclosed within a roundel of reed and ribbon interspersed with tripods, arabesques, winged sphinxes and tablets. The tablets are ornamented with flora, are surmounted by urns, and have aprons of ribbons, festoons and rosettes within wreaths. All this is surrounded by a band of guilloche enclosing rosettes. The central compartment is flanked by rectangular strip compartments, containing a band of contiguous circles, enclosing masks within wreaths


bar scale of 3 inches to 5 feet


Design of a Cieling for the Dining Room at Wormleybury

Signed and dated

  • Sept 1777
    Adelphi / 27. Sep.t 1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including verdigris and cerulean blue on laid paper (660 x 451)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 31
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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