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SM Adam volume 12/59


[6] Record drawing for a ceiling for the library, 1770, executed with minor alterations


Plan of a tripartite, rectangular ceiling, with a chimneybreast on one of the long sides, and with a central square compartment containing a medallion, with an urn supported by arabesques on each side, and enclosed within a shaped fluted octagonal frame, with an apron of festoons, supporting a medallion and anthemion in each corner, and a tablet on each side, all hung from drops of calyx, and this central square compartment is flanked by rectangular compartments containing a central medallion, enclosed within a lozenge-shaped frame, with an apron of festoons, and with a rosette enclosed within a wreath on each side


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Ceiling of the Library at Mellerstain

Signed and dated

  • 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including pink and terre verte on laid paper (630 x 359)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 22
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

Paper Palaces: the Topham Collection as a source for British Neo-Classicism, The Verey Gallery, Eton College, 16 May - 1 November 2013

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