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SM Adam volume 12/153


[1] Record drawing for an unknown ceiling, 1774


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a canted bow on one long side, and a chimneybreast on one short side, with the central flat ornamented with a central enclosed oval medallion, encircled by an oval frame of miniature rosettes, encircled by anthemia enclosed within arches composed of calyx and ribbon, and the ribbon has more arches of ribbon superimposed over it, and running in the opposite direction, forming vesica shapes and lozenges, and the whole is set within an oval frame ornamented with calyx, and the bow contains a segmental compartment, with a central patera, flanked by further anthemia enclosed within arches


bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for Mr. Woodcock / (and in pencil) Gray / Gray / Gray / White / [ _ _ ] / [ _ _ ] / [ _ _ _ _ _ ]

Signed and dated

  • 1774
    Adelphi / August 1774.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and verdigris wash on laid paper (400 x 301)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 59
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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