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SM Adam volume 13/57


[1] Design for a ceiling for the front drawing room for Thomas Nicholls, 1772, as executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a chimneybreast on one of the short sides, with a central oval medallion, enclosed within a lozenge-shaped frame, and encircled by an oval frame of Vitruvian scroll, oval frames of cable moulding, an oval band of anthemia enclosed within figure-of-eight bell flowers, festoons hung from bows, and in each corner is a medallion, flanked by half figures, and hung from the festoons by drops of calyx


bar scale of 7/10 inch to 1 foot


Cieling of the front Drawing room at Mr. Niccols House in Mansfield Street / Mr Nicholls front room Cieling (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (586 x 452)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 42
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 83
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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