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SM Adam volume 12/157


[8] Finished drawing showing the first scheme for the ceiling for the circular room, 1774, unexecuted


Plan of a circular ceiling, with a central medallion, enclosed within circular frames of fluting, beading, and enclosed rosettes, and with an apron of four portrait medallions, enclosed by festoons which form a square, and this is set within a large x-shaped frame of enclosed anthemia, with a winged sphinx supported by a tubular flower 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


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for Lady Fitzroy's Dressing room.

Signed and dated

  • 1774
    Adelphi / 1774.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including olive green, red and violet on laid paper (403 x 411)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


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



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