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SM Adam volume 11/8


[13] Preliminary design for a ceiling for a bed room on the first floor, as executed, 1759


Plan of a square ceiling with a central rosette in a fret work border, ornamented with festoons. There is also a feint bay drawn on one wall, and overdrawn as a semicircular bow in pencil


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for Admiral Boscawen / F (in pencil in the hand of A.T. Bolton) / First floor over Drawing Room (in pencil in the hand of W.L. Spiers) / present Library (in pencil in the hand of Dorothy Stroud) / (Chinese room in 1955) (in pencil in a later unknown non-curatorial hand)

Signed and dated

  • 1759

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (285 x 391)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias, with inscription in the hand of William Adam with additions by W.L. Spiers, Dorothy Stroud, and an unknown non-curatorial hand


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 17
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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