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SM Adam volume 8/114


[4] Preliminary design for a ceiling for the dining room, 1769


Rough plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a central rosettes, within a fan ornamented with enclosed rosettes, and encircled by a band of Vitruvian scroll, festoons, and peltoid shields, and with a roundel in each corner, containing an urn, and flanked by foliage (verso) rough elevation of a wall-mounted monument surmounted by sphinxes


not to scale


Ld Lisburne and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1769
    datable to 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (311 x 413)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 22
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 181
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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