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SM Adam volume 12/112


[2] Finished drawing for a ceiling for an unknown room, 1772, unexecuted


Plan of a square ceiling, with a central medallion, enclosed within a circular frame of laurel leaf tips, a lozenge-shaped frame of miniature rosettes and acanthus leaves, framed by rosettes, calyx and anthemia, and within a circular fluted frame, and the whole is encircled by four curving tablets containing half figures with arabesque tails, set within a circular frame of cable moulding which is interrupted by four lozenges containing medallions framed by volutes and calyx, and the whole has an apron of festoons of bell flowers, supporting a pair of thyrsi in each corner, surmounted by an urn and anthemia flanked by winged griffons, and below is a peltoid shield, and the whole has a square border of cable moulding


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for The Right Honble Earl Delawarr / A duplicate

Signed and dated

  • 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (365 x 470)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


LVG surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 34
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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