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SM Adam volume 13/74


[21] Design for a ceiling for the front drawing room for John Hobcraft, 1772, as executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a border of guilloche enclosing rosettes, and tablets containing rosettes, and the central flat is divided into three parts, with a central square, with a central medallion, enclosed within circular frames, and a lozenge-shaped frame, and encircled by festoons, four medallions, and four segmental compartments containing urns flanked by winged griffons, and the whole is set within a circular frame of enclosed anthemia, and with festoons and a peltoid shield in each corner, and the central square is flanked by rectangular compartments containing a repeating pattern with a medallion within a circular frame, flanked by rosettes enclosed by lozenges, and flanked by arabesques


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the front Drawing room at Mr. Hobcrafts in Mansfield Street

Signed and dated

  • 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes of verdigris, pink and cerulean blue on laid paper (606 x 442)


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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