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SM Adam volume 11/76


[22] Design for the ceiling of the King's room, 1763, as executed


Plan of a rectangular, tripartite ceiling, with a central square compartment, containing a central enclosed patera encircled by a frame of fluting and masks, festoons, wreaths, and rosettes enclosed within wreaths. The central square is flanked by triangular compartments containing rosettes and rinceaux, and the whole is within a border of anthemia and strigils


bar scale of 3 1/2 inches to 10 feet


Design of a Ceiling for the North East Corner Room at Bowood Park and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • June 1763
    Robt Adam Architect 1763 / June 1763

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (413x 262)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 4
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 192
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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