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SM Adam volume 11/210


[71] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the Etruscan dressing room, 1772


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a central x-shape arrangement of guilloche, containing a figurative medallion, arabesques and calyx, and encircled by anthemia supported by urns on pedestals supported by sphinxes, bows, festoons, rosettes, calyx and peltoid shields, and with a patera enclosed by guilloche and drops of calyx in each corner, and with rectangular bordering panels at either end, containing enclosed rosettes, arabesques, calyx and rosettes


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


1st Cieling for the Dressing room at Osterley

Signed and dated

  • 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including pink, terre verte and cerulean blue on laid paper (448 x 414)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 25
Stillman, 1966, p. 76
Harris, 2001, pp. 177, 352
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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