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SM Adam volume 12/149


[1] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the eating parlour, 1774, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a canted bow on one of the short sides, divided by a band of scrolled hearts, and with a chimneybreast on one of the long sides, and the central flat is ornamented with a medallion, enclosed within a fan ornamented with anthemia, and a circular frame of beading, with an apron of festoons of beading, and wreaths enclosing calyx, which support peltoid shields, and the whole is enclosed within an oval frame of reed and ribbon, attended by alternating enclosed medallions, and rectangular tablets containing arabesques, with aprons of ox skulls flanked by swags


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Cieling for the Eating Parlor for The Reverend Mr Dovey.

Signed and dated

  • 08/02/1774
    Adelphi 8th: Feby 1774. / Ade[cropped] / 8t. F[cropped]

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including terre verte and violet on laid paper (456 x 370)


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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