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SM Adam volume 12/41


[8] Record drawing for a ceiling for the dining room of the older house, 1770, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a central medallion, encircled by drops of calyx, and set within a lozenge-shaped frame, and encircled by a frame of reed and ribbon which is accompanied by serpentine festoons, enclosing anthemia, and forming wreaths, and supporting drops of calyx on each side, which support peltoid shields which enclose cameos


bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot


Cieling of the Dining room at Wynnstay and some measurements given in pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes of pink and olive green on laid paper (520 x 432)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 32
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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