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SM Adam volume 12/158


[12] Finished drawing for the ceiling of the private dressing room, 1774, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular barrel vaulted ceiling, with apsidal ends, divided by bands of scrolled hearts, with segmental paterae in the apses, enclosed within a frame of guilloche, a fan ornamented with anthemia, and festoons supporting five cameos. The central barrel vault is ornamented with a central medallion enclosed within circular frames of beading and Vitruvian scroll, and a fan, and set within a square frame, with a segmental figurative tablet on each side, and an enclosed rosette in each corner. To each side of this square are aprons of festoons hung from bows, supporting wreaths, a medallion flanked by figurative tables and peltoid shields above a pair of winged sphinxes. All of this is flanked by rectangular borders ornamented with alternating squares containing enclosed rosettes, and rectangles containing figurative tablets, flanked by segmental rosettes enclosed within fans of fluting, and these squares and rectangles in the borders are divided by bands of calyx (verso) pencil-drawn design for an alternative ceiling


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Cieling for General Fitzroy

Signed and dated

  • 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes of olive green and terre verte on laid paper (435 x 382)


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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