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SM Adam volume 11/111


[4] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the library, 1764, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular, compartmental ceiling divided by bands of guilloche, and with apsidal ends screened by columns. The central flat is ornamented with a central medallion, encircled by bands of griffins, anthemia and winged half-figures, and figurative panels and medallions in the corners. The apses are ornamented with a central patera, triangular panels containing arabesques and half-putti, and a border of anthemia and strigils


bar scale of 3 inches to 10 feet


Design of a Cieling for the Library at Kenwood House in Middlesex

Signed and dated

  • 1764
    James Adam Archt 1764

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (614 x 363)


James Adam


Fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
Stillman, 1966, p. 71
Beard, 1978, p. 47
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

Original Drawings of Robert and James Adam, Kenwood House, London, 1953

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