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SM Adam volume 13/73


[23] Design for a ceiling for the ante room for John Hobcraft, 1772, as executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a central chimneybreast on one of the long sides, and with a central square figurative tablet, flanked by anthemia and drops of calyx, and encircled by an oval frame ornamented with anthemia, and drops of calyx, and an oval border of cable moulding, and anthemia enclosed within figure-of-eight laurel leaves, and in each corner is an urn, supported by calyx, and surmounted by an anthemion, and the whole has a border of arabesques, urns, and enclosed rosettes


bar scale of3/4 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Anti room at Mr. Hobcrafts House in Mansfield Street

Signed and dated

  • 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (483 x 448)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 42
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 86
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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