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SM Adam volume 13/52


[6] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the eating room, 1771, as executed or executed with minor alterations


Plan of a two-part rectangular ceiling, divided by a screen of two columns, with the principal compartment ornamented with a central oval medallion, encircled by a fluted oval frame, segmental rosettes enclosed within fans, festoons, four peltoid shields, and four urns enclosed within wreaths, and the whole set within an oval frame, and with a quadrilateral compartment on each side containing a flower filled urn, supported by arabesques, and with a drop in each corner, composed of an anthemion enclosed within a wreath, a tazza crossed with thyrsi, calyx and anthemia, and with a border of various putti on pedestals, and festoons supported by double calyx, and the right-hand compartment of the ceiling contains guilloche enclosing enclosed rosettes, and lozenges containing enclosed rosettes


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot


Cieling of the Eating room at Chandos House / (and in pencil) Green / Green / Pink

Signed and dated

  • 1771

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and coloured washes including olive green and Indian red on laid paper (604 x 436)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 36
Lees Milne, 1947, p. 121
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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