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SM Adam volume 12/62


[11] Record drawing for a ceiling for the drawing room, 1778, as executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a chimneybreast on one of the long sides, with a large oval compartment containing an oval medallion, enclosed within frames of laurel leaf tips, miniature rosettes, festoons, enclosed calyx, and four tablets containing urns flanked by winged griffons, connected by bell flowers, and supporting arabesques and peltoid shields, and the whole is set within an oval frame of cable moulding and Vitruvian scroll with foliage, and beyond this is a rectangular border of connected segmental enclosed rosettes (verso) rough pencil-drawn preliminary design for a ceiling


bar scale of ½ inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Drawing room at Mellerstain / Light Green / Purple / White / Purple / Light Green / Purple / Purple / White

Signed and dated

  • 05/03/1778
    Adelphi / 5t. March 1778.

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (470 x 406)


Adam office hand, either Joseph Bonomi or Robert Adam


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



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