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SM Adam volume 52/137


[9] Preliminary design showing the second scheme for the ceiling for the circular room, 1774, unexecuted


Rough plan of a circular ceiling, with a central medallion, enclosed within circular frames of fluting, a fan of alternating anthemia and calyx, winged griffons and oxen, and Etruscan-style foliage, all set within a shaped octagon, ornamented with naturalistic anthemia, with an enclosed rosette on each side, set within a wreath of bell flowers, and connected together by a large circular frame of bell flowers, and each is supporting a figurative tablet, and on each point of the octagon is an enclosed anthemion, connecting with a segmental compartment containing a segmental patera, enclosed within a fan ornamented with calyx


not to scale


Grey / Green / Dark / Dark / Grey / Dark / Grey / Yellw / Yellw / Green / Cornice (all in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1774
    datable to 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including sepia and cerulean blue on laid paper (453 x 309)


Robert Adam


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



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