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SM Adam volume 11/266


[5] Alternative record drawing for a ceiling for the bow room, 1769


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a canted bow at one end. The central flat is ornamented with a rosette, enclosed within a band of fluting, a fan, and a band of Vitruvian scroll, encircled by four calyx and anthemia, and all set within a lozenge-shaped frame ornamented with acanthus leaves, and framed by rosettes and festoons. Beyond are four segmental compartments enclosed within bands of fluting, and four segmental compartments of rinceaux, enclosed within festoons, and the whole is set within an oval frame of cable moulding, beyond which are peltoid shields enclosed within festoons, rosettes, enclosed within wreaths, and portions of rinceaux. The apse is ornamented with a patera, enclosed within a band of fluting, and a band of Vitruvian scroll with foliage


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Bow room fronting Stratton Street for The Earl of Eglington (sic) / A Duplicate

Signed and dated

  • 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, and terre verte and pink washes on laid paper (591 x 452)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 51
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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