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SM Adam volume 13/144


[4] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the back drawing room, 1769, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a central chimneybreast on one of the long sides, with a central rosette, enclosed within a shaped octagon, with drops of calyx at each corner connecting to a shaped octagonal frame ornamented with rinceaux, encircled by eight medallions enclosed within fluted frames, and the whole is set within a shaped octagonal frame of rinceaux, and with a rosette enclosed within a segmental band of fluting, and a fan in each corner, and on two sides there is a border of guilloche


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Cieling for the Back Room one pair of Stairs / at Colonel Burgoyne's

Signed and dated

  • 1769
    Robt Adam Architect 1769.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and coloured washes including pink and terre verte within a single ruled border on laid paper (607 x 443)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 40
Draper, 1998, fig. 20
Draper, 1999, p. 132
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 309
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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