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SM Adam volume 14/17


[2] Design for a ceiling for the auditorium, 1775, as executed


Plan of a tapering rhomboid ceiling, with a trompe l’oeil circular dome painted into the principal compartment, with an oval oculus, framed by bands of enclosed anthemia, and octagonal coffering enclosing rosettes, and the coffering is divided by bands of calyx and lozenges enclosing rosettes, and with oval medallions in the spandrels, and a fragmented border of rinceaux


bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Cieling for the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane / (and in pencil) Stage Door / Roofs / [ _ _ _ _ _ ] / Ninete / [ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] and some rough calculations given

Signed and dated

  • 19/07/1775
    Adelphi July 19th: 1775. / Adelphi July

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including Indian yellow and terre verte on laid paper (453 x 538)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 37
Stillman, 1966, p. 105
Survey of London, 1970, p. 45 and pl. 10a
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

'The Cloud-Capped Towers': Shakespeare in Soane's Architectural Imagination, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 21 April - 8 October 2016

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