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SM Adam volume 11/120


[7] Record drawing for the ceiling for the saloon, 1765, as executed


Plan of a square, deeply coved ceiling, with a central circular compartment within a band of rosettes enclosed by wreaths, and encircled by arabesques, rosettes, anthemia, and urns, the whole within a square frame of scrolled hearts. The cove is ornamented with octagonal coffering enclosing rosettes, each coffer divided by figure-of-eight foliage, and in each corner a drop composed of anthemia, tubular flowers, calyx, a patera, and an urn


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Saloon at The Earl of Thanets in Grosvenor Square and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1765

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (504 x 455)


Adam office hand, possibly George Richardson or James Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 39
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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