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SM Adam volume 12/115


[1] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the dining room, 1772


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a chimneybreast on one of the short sides, with a central oval medallion, enclosed within oval frames of laurel leaf tips, connected enclosed rosettes, and a wreath of calyx attended by figure-of-eight bell flowers, and with a drop of calyx running into each corner, supporting a bow and a peltoid shield


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Cieling for the Dining Room for George Keate Esqr / This Cieling to serve for the / Dressing Room, in the small / Drawing the ornament to be / the same size with this But / Drawn to the scale below / ND a Rose instead of the picture / in the Middle & the angular ornaments to be entirely left / out / The Colouring of the Grounds / to be the same / (and in pencil) l pink / Light pink / Pink / Blue / This Darker Pink

Signed and dated

  • 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including verdigris and pink within a single ruled border on laid paper (505 x 375)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


It is interesting to note that the inscriptions giving colour on this drawing are in contrast with the watercolour wash.


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



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