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SM Adam volume 12/43


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


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a central oval enclosed within a frame of cable moulding, encircled by drops of calyx alternating with anthemia, and the whole is set within an oval frame of alternating fans and enclosed rosettes, encircled by festoons hung from bows, and which form a wreath enclosing a rosette in each corner


bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Dressing room at Wynnstay / A Light Green / B. Light Pink / C. Straw Colour / D. Figure with dark / green ground / A / C / B / D

Signed and dated

  • 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (455 x 307)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton


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



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