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  • image SM Adam volume 8/29

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SM Adam volume 8/29


[4] Preliminary design for the ceiling of the Duchess of Bolton's dressing room, as executed, 1770


Rough plan of a square coved ceiling with a segmental bow. The decoration of the square arranged in a curved x-shape form and with a central octagon containing a figurative roundel and with quadrants in the corners; the bow with a fan pattern


not to scale


Duchess of Bolton's Dressing Room

Signed and dated

  • June 1770
    June 1770

Medium and dimensions

Brown pen on laid paper (225 x 175)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 48
Stillman, 1966, p. 104
Harris, 1995, pp. 70, 75
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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