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SM Adam volume 12/148


[5] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the dressing room, 1774, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a canted bow on one side, containing a segmental compartment, ornamented with crockets enclosing an urn supported by arabesques, and the central flat is tripartite, with a central rectangular compartment containing a medallion, enclosed within a lozenge-shaped frame, with an apron of calyx and festoons, and the central compartment is flanked by rectangular compartments, containing enclosed rosettes within wreaths, flanked by arabesques


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Cieling for the Dressing Room. for The Revd Mr Dovey

Signed and dated

  • 08/02/1774
    Adelphi 8th Feby / 1774.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes of terre verte and violet on laid paper (345 x 298)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 53
For a full list of literature reference see scheme notes.



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