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SM Adam volume 11/150


[58] Design for the ceiling for the state dressing room (now the Spanish library), 1767, as executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling with a deep cove ornamented with lozenges of bell flowers enclosing anthemia and enclosed rosettes, framed by half rosettes enclosed by semicircular fans, and with a border of anthemia and strigils. The central flat is tripartite, and divided by rosettes enclosed by guilloche. The central square compartment containing a central rosette, enclosed by a fan, anthemia, drops of calyx forming lozenges, and fans, within a circular fluted frame, and with anthemia and rinceaux in the corners. The central square compartment is flanked by tripartite borders of rectangles containing octagons enclosing rosettes within fans


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


For the Gawthorpe Principal Dressing Room / Design of a Cieling for the Room on the left hand side of the Saloon at Gawthorpe. The Seat of Edwin Lascelles Esqr and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1767

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (563 x 462)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 16
Harris, 2001, p. 153
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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