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SM Adam volume 14/6


[1] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the drawing room, 1775, unexecuted


Plan of a tripartite rectangular ceiling, divided by bands of Vitruvian scroll, and with a chimneybreast on one of the short ends. With a central square compartment containing a medallion, encircled by frames of enclosed anthemia and miniature rosettes, and by bows, festoons, and four oval medallions, and the whole set within a curved x-shape arrangement, with a fan in the corner at each end of the x shape, and a fan behind a band of enclosed anthemia on each side. The central square is flanked by rectangular compartments, each containing a repeating pattern with a central patera, within an oval frame of enclosed rosettes, and a vesica-shaped frame composed of drops of calyx, and connected by oval medallions flanked by rinceaux. With a pencil-drawn medallion on the left-hand side


bar scale of ½ inch to 1 foot


Design of a Cieling for Dr. Warrens Drawing Room

Signed and dated

  • 1775
    Adelphi 4t. Febry 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and terre verte wash within a double ruled border on laid paper (597 x 440)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 58
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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