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  • image SM Adam volume 12/42

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SM Adam volume 12/42


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


Plan of a tripartite ceiling, divided by bands of guilloche, with a central square compartment, containing a medallion, encircled by frames of laurel leaf tops and guilloche, and this is encircled by drops of calyx connected by festoons, and alternating with figurative tablets, surmounted by anthemia, and supporting oval medallions containing urns in each corner, and the central square is flanked by rectangular compartments, containing a central medallion, enclosed within a frame of laurel leaf tips with calyx on each side, and connected by drops of calyx to flanking paired scrolled hearts of acanthus leaves, and beyond are oval medallions, also enclosed within frames of laurel leaf tips


bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Drawing room at Wynnstay / [cropped]igures / B / C / D / C / D / A / A / F / E / C / D / E / A Light Pink / B Light Green / C Dark red / D. Dark green ground & Painted figure / E Light Blue / F Dark Brown

Signed and dated

  • 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (391 x 283)


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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