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SM Adam volume 14/85


[35] Finished drawing for the ceiling for Lady Coventry's octagonal dressing room, 1765, as executed


Plan of an octagonal ceiling, drawn on an octagonal sheet. There is a central octagonal panel with a rosette encircled by enclosed anthemia, swags, garlands and ram masks. The border contains fans, vases, arabesques, griffons and panels of fluting and strigillation


to a scale


Lady Coventrys Dressing room Cieling

Signed and dated

  • 1765
    datable to 1765

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and coloured washes including lemon yellow, pink and cerulean blue on laid paper (337 x 342)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam or William Hamilton


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



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