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SM Adam volume 11/138


[36] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the study (now the China Room) 1766, as executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling with an arched alcove on one side, ornamented with hexagonal panels enclosing rosettes. The central flat has circular compartments containing rosettes, with lozenges enclosing rosettes in between, and with a border of Greek key fret


bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot


Cieling of a Study for Edwin Lascelles Esqr at Gawthorp

Signed and dated

  • 1766

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (384 x 264)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Nasmith or William Hamilton


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 16
Mauchline, 1992, p. 154
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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