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SM Adam volume 12/141


[2] Design for a ceiling for the ante room, 1773; it is not known if this design was executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a central medallion, enclosed within a circular frame of miniature rosettes and laurel leaf tips, encircled by four anthemia, and a lozenge-shaped frame with an apron of swags and four cameos, all enclosed within a wreath which supports two peltoid shields ornamented with masks and enclosed rosettes, and the whole is enclosed within an oval frame of fluting, rosettes and acanthus leaves, and this is encircled by four portions of arabesques with calyx and rosettes, and set within an oval frame ornamented with crockets, and beyond this there are triangular compartments in each corner, containing an ox skull flanked by festoons, and the whole has a rectangular border ornamented with arabesques and rosettes, and with anthemia and enclosed rosettes in the corners


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Anti Room / at Lord Stanley's in Grosvenor Square.

Signed and dated

  • 1773

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes of verdigris and Prussian blue on laid paper (427 x 367)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 38
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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