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SM Adam volume 12/145


[38] Finished drawing for the ceiling of the Etruscan dressing room, 1773, executed with alterations


Plan of a square ceiling, with a bow on each side, divided by bands of bell flowers and scrolled hearts, and the central flat contains a medallion, enclosed within a circular frame of rosettes and laurel leaf tips, and this is encircled by anthemia, and a shaped octagonal frame, and set within a circular frame of reed and ribbon, encircled by anthemia, and octaongal frames of beading and guilloche, with an apron of festoons of beading, and drops of calyx supporting tablets of enclosed rosettes flanked by festoons, and figurative medallions enclosed within wreaths of beading, connected by bands of calyx to L-shaped lablets in each corner, containing urns flanked by winged sphinxes with arabesque tails, and the apses are ornamented with segmental paterae, enclosed within a segmental frame of fluting, and a fan ornamented with beading, and anthemia


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Bow Dressing Room one pair Story at Lord Stanley's in Grosvenor Square

Signed and dated

  • 1773

Medium and dimensions

(1) Pen, pencil, wash and voloured washes including terre verte, Prussian blue, and Indian yellow on laid paper (538 x 444)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, p. 70; Index p. 38
Harris, 2001, pp. 362, 363
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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