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Reference number

SM Adam volume 12/101


[16] Record drawing for a ceiling for the saloon (later the green drawing room), 1772, as executed


Plan of a rectangular, tripartite ceiling, divided by bands of connected enclosed rosettes, with a central square compartment, containing a medallion enclosed within circular frames of fluting Vitruvian scroll, guilloche, laurel leaves, and a band containing urns connected by festoons, and supported by calyx and peltoid shields, alternating with cameos enclosed within lozenges and wreaths, and in each corner is a triangular compartment containing arabesques and rosettes, and the central square compartment is flanked by rectangular compartments containing arabesques and rosettes


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Saloon for The Earl of Bective

Signed and dated

  • 19/11/1772
    Adelphi / 19t. Novr. 1772.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including pink and verdigris on laid paper (588 x 452)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 52
Harris, 1973, note to pl. 31
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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