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SM Adam volume 13/55


[2] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the first drawing room, 1771, as executed


Plan of a tripartite, rectangular ceiling, divided by bands of guilloche, with cross-shaped compartments of enclosed rosettes and anthemia at each corner, and with an outer border of Vitruvian scroll. The central square compartment has a central medallion within a fluted frame, encircled by bows and festoons, and connected by bows and ribbons to peltoid shields and drops of calyx, all contained within an x-shaped arrangement of beading, and with a segmental compartment on each side containing a tazza supported by rinceaux. The central square is flanked by rectangular compartments containing a central oval medallion, within a fluted frame, encircled by four anthemia, a lozenge-shaped frame, and festoons, and flanked by urns, arabesques, and anthemia


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot


Cieling of the 1st. Drawing room at Chandos House

Signed and dated

  • 1771

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and coloured washes including pink and verdigris on laid paper (607 x 452)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 36
Lees Milne, 1947, p. 121
Stillman, 1966, p. 102
Rowan, 2003, p. 59
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

'Bob the Roman': Heroic Antiquity and the Architecture of Robert Adam, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 27 June - 27 September 2003; New York School of Interior Design Gallery, 29 September - 4 December 2004
Robert Adam's London, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 30 November 2016 - 11 March 2017

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