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SM Adam volume 11/2


[7] Alternative preliminary design for the ceiling of the drawing room, 1758-59


Plan of a ceiling with an inner rectangle containing a large oval ringed with palmette and anthemia in scrolled hearts. There are alternatives for thee outer border incorporating medallions, birds and half griffons amid arabesques on one side, and urns, griffons, and putti masks amid arabesques on the other, executed with alterations


to a scale


Cieling for General Bland at Isleworth

Signed and dated

  • 1759

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and sepia wash on laid paper (539 x 400)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 18
Stillman, 1966, p. 96
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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