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SM Adam volume 12/117


[14] Design for a ceiling for the octagonal room, 1777


Plan and section of an octagonal, domed ceiling, with a central rosette, enclosed within a fan, and an octagonal frame of enclosed anthemia, and spiral fluting, with an apron of ox skulls connected by festoons, and supporting figure-of-eight beading, enclosing rosettes, and calyx, and supporting medallions, cameos and lamps, alternating with drops of anthemia, tubular flowers, and calyx


bar scale of 1 1/20 inches to 1 foot


Cieling for George Keate Esqr / not executed

Signed and dated

  • 1777
    Adelphi / 1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes of terre verte and sepia on laid paper (390 x 540)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


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



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