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SM Adam volume 12/75


[2] Design for a ceiling for the drawing room, 1770, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular, tripartite ceiling, divided by bands of scrolled hearts of acanthus, enclosed rosettes, portrait medallions, and lozenge-shaped medallions, with a central square compartment containing a medallion, enclosed within a fan of acanthus leaves, and set within a circular frame of guilloche, set against an x-shaped arrangement of bell flowers, and enclosed within a circular frame attended by figure-of-eight laurel wreaths, and this central square is flanked by rectangular compartments which are the same, but with central oval medallions, enclosed within acanthus leaves, and oval frames


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for Mr. Farmers (sic) Drawing room.

Signed and dated

  • 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (590 x 385)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 52
Country Life, 1938, p. 135
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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