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SM Adam volume 11/93


[1] Unfinished design for the drawing room ceiling, 1763; it is probable that this ceiling was executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a central patera encircled by a band of Vitruvian scroll, festoons, peltoid shields, and enclosed rosettes within wreathes, an octagon of reeding beneath figure-of-eight wreaths, and in each corner an enclosed rosette within a wreath, and with a border of arabesques, anthemia, urns and rosettes


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for John Conyers Esqr at Copped Hall

Signed and dated

  • 1763

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (424 x 337)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Scara or Benedetto Napoletano, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 7; King, 2001, Volume II, p. 179 For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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