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SM Adam volume 11/40


[10] Finished drawing for the ceiling for the great room, 1765, executed with minor alterations


Plan of a rectangular ceiling surrounded by heavily moulded coving. There is a central circular canvas depicting a charioteer encircled by circular panels containing eagles and anthemia alternately. In each corner are small portraits busts


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Cieling for the Dining Room at The Right Honble The Earl of Coventry's House in Piccadilly In the Style of the painted ornaments of the Ancients and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • June 1765
    Robt Adam Architect / June 1765

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and coloured washes including Prussian blue, red, and Indian yellow on laid paper (296 x 416)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Nasmith or William Hamilton


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 44
Harris, 2001, p. 57
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 309
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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