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SM Adam volume 54/1/33


[64] Preliminary design for alternative design for the ceiling for the hall, 1760-61, unexecuted


Rough plans of two variant rectangular ceilings, one with a central rosette within a oval panel, set against an x-shape arrangement, and with festoons around the edges, and the other being a compartmental ceiling with a central square containing an enclosed rosette encircled by festoons and four roundels, framed by octagonal and elongated octagonal compartments containing rosettes and grisaille


not to scale


This Sketch it is imagined will answer for the flatt / part of the Cieling of Sr Nathl Cursons Hall of which / the Cove to be done with Pannelling also

Signed and dated

  • 1760-1761
    date range: 1760-61

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (194 x 201)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
Hardy, 1978, p. 197
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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