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SM Adam volume 12/116


[2] Finished drawing for a ceiling for the dressing room, 1772


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a chimneybreast on one of the long sides, and with a central enclosed patera, encircled by double calyx, and set within a lozenge-shaped frame, encircled by four enclosed rosettes, one of which is overdrawn with a peltoid shield, and the whole is set within an oval frame of cable moulding, with a frame of festoons hung from bows, and supporting four enclosed rosettes


bar scale of 4/5 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Cieling for the Dressing Room for George Keate Esqr / This Ceiling to serve / for the Dining room / the Ornaments in the / Small drawing the / same Size with this / But drawn to the scale / Below. N.B. Pictures / instead of Roses in the / Circles & Sheets / where the small patera / are / The Colouring of the Ground / to be the same

Signed and dated

  • 1772

Medium and dimensions

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


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


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



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