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SM Adam volume 11/258


[6] Record drawing for a ceiling for the dining room, 1769


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a central oval medallion, enclosed within frames of Vitruvian scroll, a fan, guilloche, and rosettes enclosed within figure-of-eight laurel leaves, all set within an oval frame of reed and ribbon, which supports tazza, musical trophies, and festoons


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Dining room at Mamhead / Picture (in feint pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and pink and olive green wash on laid paper (511 x 435)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 22
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 181
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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