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SM Adam volume 52/141


[1] Preliminary design for the ceiling of the ante room and first drawing room, 1773; it is not known if these designs were executed


Rough plan of two ceilings. The ante room ceiling on the left-hand side has a central medalion and four anthemia enclosed within a lozenge, and a circular frame containing roundels, encircled by four portions of arabesques, and the whole set within a circuar frame ornamented with crockets, and with a triangular compartment containing arabesques in each corner, and a border of Vitruvian scroll. The right-hand ceiling for the first drawing room has a central oval medallion, enclosed within bands of fluting, roundels, and Vitruvian scroll, and encircled by cameos and oval medallions, connected by a wreath, and with a border of guilloche


not to scale


Antiroom / 1st Drawing Room / 2 Ceilings for Lord Stanleys front Rooms and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1773
    datable to 1773

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (318 x 189)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 38
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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