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SM Adam volume 12/98


[11] Design for a ceiling for the staircase, 1772, as executed with minor alterations


Plan of a square ceiling, with a central patera, enclosed within a fan of petals, and circular frames, one ornamented with Vitruvian scroll, and this is encircled by double calyx, and a shaped octagonal frame, with an apron of festoons supporting a medallion in each corner


bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot


Ceiling for Lord Bective's Staircase

Signed and dated

  • 24/01/1772
    Janry 24t. 1772.

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (286 x 405)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


LVG surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 52
Harris, 1973, note to pl. 19
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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