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SM Adam volume 11/259


[3] Record drawing for a ceiling for the drawing room, 1769


Plan of a square ceiling, with a central roundel, possibly a medallion, within a frame of cable moulding, and set within a shaped square, with rinceaux and drops of calyx in the corners, and this square supports festoons, and medallions hung from drops of calyx, and the whole is set within a square frame of Vitruvian scroll


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Drawing room at Mamhead

Signed and dated

  • 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, and pink and olive green wash on laid paper (449 x 425)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


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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