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SM Adam volume 13/53


[7] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the back parlour, 1771, executed with minor alterations


Plan of a rectangular ceiling with an apsidal end, with a central oval medallion, encircled by a frame of enclosed anthemia, urns supported by arabesques, and sprouting ivy vines which scroll across the entire ceiling, and enclosed vesica-shaped medallions within a cross-shaped arrangement with the central medallion at its core, and the whole it set within an oval frame, beyond which the ivy scrolls, and from which spring calyx, tubular flowers supporting four figures holding thyrsi in each corner, and the apse is divided from the central flat by two thyrsi flanking a rosettes, and beyond is a trophy composed of a crossed urn and thyrsus


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot


Cieling fo the back Parlor at Chandos House

Signed and dated

  • 1771

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and coloured washes including olive green, Indian yellow and cerulean blue on laid paper (566 x 450)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 36
Lees Milne, 1947, p. 121
Rowan, 2003, pp. 40, 60
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

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