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Reference number

SM Adam volume 13/142


[2] Preliminary design for a ceiling for the back drawing room for Thomas Nicholls, 1772, as executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a chimneybreast on one of the long sides, and with a repeating pattern of a vesica-shaped medallion, encircled by bands of cable moulding, the outer of which is ornamented with crockets of calyx, and this oval is flanked by drops composed of a central rosette enclosed within a lozenge, flanked by calyx, urns, arabesques, masks, and peltoid shields, and the drops are connected by festoons of bell flowers


to a scale


Mr. Nichol's Back Room Ceiling

Signed and dated

  • 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (500 x 320)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam


King, 2001, Volume I, p. 83
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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