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SM Adam volume 14/1


[3] Preliminary design for a ceiling for the gallery, 1775, unexecuted


Plan of a compartmental rectangular ceiling, divide by bands of Greek key fret, and scrolled hearts, and with a central rectangular recess on one side, containing two square compartments, each containing an enclosed rosette, set within a square frame of calyx. The square compartments of the central flat contain alternating arrangements, with the central compartment containing a medallion, framed by bands of enclosed anthemia, figure-of-eight wreaths, Vitruvian scroll, and with ox masks and festoons in the corners, and this if flanked by compartments containing medallions, framed by a band of enclosed anthemia, and set within a shaped octagonal frame, and this is encircled by four portrait medallions, bands of calyx, and an x-shaped arrangement with ox masks and festoons in each corner, and wreaths and calyx on each side


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Cieling for the Gallery at Long Leate in Wiltshire

Signed and dated

  • 21/01/1775
    Adelphi / 21st Janry 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and terre verte wash on laid paper (597 x 312)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 21
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 131
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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