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SM Adam volume 11/143


[52] Finished drawing for an alternative ceiling design for Mrs Lascelles's dressing room, 1766


Plan of a rectangular, tripartite ceiling, divided by bands of guilloche, with a central square containing a central patera, enclosed by a fan, anthemia, and a circular frame of Vitruvian scroll, and with a peltoid shield in each corner. The central square is flanked by rectangular compartments containing anthemia, calyx and rinceaux


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Cieling for the Ladys Dressing Room at Gawthorpe and some dimensions given (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1766
    Robt Adam Archt / 1766

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (385 x 306)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Robert Nasmith


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



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