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SM Adam volume 8/121


[4] Preliminary design for the ceiling for the front drawing room, 1769, as executed


Rough plan of a tripartite, rectangular ceiling, with a central square compartment containing a large circular frame, containing a central rosette or medallion, encircled by figures alternating with rosettes enclosed within wreaths of calyx which connect to festoons of calyx enclosing segmental tablets around the edges of the circular compartment, and beyond this in the corners of the central square compartment are rosettes enclosed within fans, and festoons, and the central square compartment is flanked by rectangular compartments containing a repeating pattern of roundels and rosette enclosed within figure-of-eight wreaths


not to scale

Signed and dated

  • c1769
    datable to 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on sugar paper (431 x 305)


Robert Adam


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