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SM Adam volume 11/53


[80] Preliminary design for the ceiling for the dining room, 1761, as executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling with a tripartite central compartment and medallions and rectangular figurative panels in the border. The ceiling is ornamented with arabesques, half figures, anthemia, calyx and cornucopia


to a scale


Dining room Cieling at Kedleston (in the hand of William Adam) (and in feint pencil) Bacchus young [and then illegible] / Festi_ _ _ _ D _ _ _ _ _ / Six Muses / Six Graces

Signed and dated

  • 1761

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow on laid paper (422 x 307)


Agostino Brunias, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
Stillman, 1966, p. 67
Beard, 1978, pp. 39-40
Bristow, 1986, p. 13
Harris, 1987, pp. 14, 33
Harris, 2001, pp. 37, 338
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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