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SM Adam volume 13/143


[7] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the dining room, 1769, as executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with an apsidal end, divided by a band of lozenges enclosing rosettes, and alternating with calyx, and the apse is ornamented with a fan, encircled by segmental frames, and a band of calyx and arabesques, and with a central chimneybreast on one of the long sides, and the central flat is ornamented with a central oval medallion, enclosed within an oval frame ornamented with enclosed anthemia, and a shaped octagonal wreath, all set within an octagonal frame, encircled by four enclosed rosettes, connecting to segmental compartments on each side of the ceiling, containing a rosette enclosed within a segmental fan, and on three sides this segmental compartment surmounting a tablet ornamented with anthemia, and the central octagon is also encircled by four wreaths enclosing rosettes, and connecting to vesica-shaped medallions, enclosed within oval frames with an apron of rinceaux


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Cieling for the Eating Room at Colonel Burgoyne's House.

Signed and dated

  • 1769
    Robt Adam. Architect 1769. (on a small separate sheet affixed to the drawing)

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and coloured washes including olive green, pink, Indian red and cerulean blue on laid paper (557 x 413)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 40
Draper, 1999, p. 123
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 309
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

Robert Adam's London, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 30 November 2016 - 11 March 2017

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