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SM Adam volume 11/200


[1] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the dressing room, 1766, as executed (possibly with minor alterations)


Plan of a square ceiling, with a central rosette enclosed within a fan, encircled by a circular frame of guilloche, bows connected to calyx and fans, and alternating with Chinoiserie style medallions, all set within a circular frame of guilloche, and encircled by peltoid shields, festoons, bells, and enclosed rosettes, and with a border divided by bands of calyx, containing lozenges of bell flowers enclosing rosettes, and with fans in between


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for a room at Mrs Montagu's House in Hill Street

Signed and dated

  • 1766

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, and coloured washes including Indian yellow, sepia, and red, on laid paper (524 x 440)


Adam office hand


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 41
Stillman, 1966, p. 99; Harris, 2001, p. 349
Eger, 2008, p. 26
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

Original Drawings of Robert and James Adam, Kenwood House, London, 1953
Brilliant Women: 18th-Century Bluestockings, National Portrait Gallery, London, 13 March - 15 June 2008

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