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SM Adam volume 3/109


[7] Preliminary design showing the first scheme for the ceiling for the circular room, 1774, unexecuted


Unfinished rough plan of a circular ceiling, with a central medallion, enclosed within a frame of enclosed rosettes, and enclosed anthemia, and set within a shaped lozenge, ornamented with winged sphinxes supported by tubular flowers in each corner, and on each side there is an apron of festoons supporting an oval medallion, and the x-shaped arrangement has a pedestal at each corner, ornamented with paw feet, ram masks, festoons, and an enclosed patera, and these are connected by large circular frames of bell flowers and enclosed anthemia


not to scale


Sketch for the Honble Mrs Fitzroys / Circular Dressing Room

Signed and dated

  • December 1774
    Decembr. 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (201 x 236)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 29
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 134
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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