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SM Adam volume 11/161


[76] Design for the ceiling for the 1st drawing room (now the yellow drawing room), 1765-1768


Plan of a rectangular, tripartite ceiling, with a central square compartment containing a central rosette, encircled by enclosed anthemia, and fans, a circular frame of fluting, a circular band of double calyx, and within an x-shaped arrangement, ornamented with festoons, rosettes, vines, drops of calyx, and vesica-shaped medallions, and the x-shaped arrangement is framed by festoons, rosettes, peltoid shields, and rinceaux, and the central square compartment is within a square frame of enclosed rosettes, and a border of rosettes enclosed within lozenges enclosed within wreaths. The central compartment is flanked by tripartite rectangular compartments, with a central enclosed rosette, encircled by enclosed drops of calyx, flanked by rectangles containing lozenges, anthemia, and rinceaux, as executed


bar scale of 7/10 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Cieling for the 1st Drawing Room on the right hand side of the Saloon at Harewood House / Ground round / rose yellow / Ground of H[ _ _ _] / Dark green / Scallops of fans / A Yellow / B Lay [ _ _ _ _ _] / Shields & fig / purple / Purple band / C Dark g / D Light green / yellow / blue ground / Roses / Purple gold / E Lay [ _ _ _ _] / F yellow / G Light green / H yellow / Patterns at / back Enf y / A / C / D / E / F (in feint pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1768

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including pink on laid paper (591 x 451)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 16
Mauchline, 1992, p. 82
Harris, 2001, p. 140
Harris, 2007, p. 87
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

Original Drawings of Robert and James Adam, Kenwood House, London, 1953

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