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SM Adam volume 52/145


[20] Preliminary design for a ceiling for the great drawing room, 1773


Plan of a rectangular groin-vaulted ceiling, with a central medallion, enclosed within a frame of Vitruvian scroll, encircled by four anthemia, and set within a square frame of rinceaux, with a segmental compartment on each side, containing a rosette, enclosed within a fan, and within a border of connected enclosed anthemia, and in each corner is a square medallion, surmounted by arabesques and anthemia and with a border of calyx and the whole is set within a square frame of connected enclosed rosettes, and the ceiling has a compartmental border, with rosettes enclosed within fans in the corners, and the sides contain oval medallions, compartments of urns and rinceaux, and central miniature rosettes enclosed within fans


not to scale


Design of Groin for / Lord Stanleys front Drawing / Room

Signed and dated

  • 1773
    datable to 1773

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on sugar paper (354 x 306)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 38
Harris, 2001, p. 363
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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