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SM Adam volume 11/116


[19] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the hall-cum-dining room, 1773, executed with alterations


Plan of a rectangular ceiling in three compartments. The large square central compartment centres on a circular figurative panel. This is encircled by cable moulding, fans, peltoid shields, smaller figurative panels, calyx and anthemia. The two thin bordering compartments each contain three oval figurative panels connected by bands of calyx, garlands, and flanked at either end by small arabesques and anthemia


bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot


Cieling of the Hall at Kenwood and some feint pencil annotations

Signed and dated

  • 1773
    Adelphi Janry 18t 1773

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (480 x 367)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
Bryant, 1990, p. 8
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 116
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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