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SM Adam volume 50/5


[8] Design for a passage, probably as executed, c1770


Plan of the ceiling and laid out wall elevations with pencil details. The walls and cross vaulted ceiling are divided into four compartments. The bays along the walls are arched and divided by Doric pilasters with grotesques, and ornamented with panels of marbled paper, with trompe l'oeil sphinxes and figurative relief panels, and with pencil annotations


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


Sketch of a passage for Her Grace the Duchess of Bolton to direct Mr Middleton in the disposition of the papers

Signed and dated

  • c1770
    datable to c1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes on laid paper (384 x 531)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Index p. 48
Harris, 1995, p. 71
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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