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SM Adam volume 11/17


[13] Design for the ceiling for the ante room, 1761, executed with minor alterations


Plan of a rectangular compartmental ceiling with four pilasters on each wall, with a central octagonal compartment containing a patera and bows supporting festoons, encircled by four octagonal compartments containing rosettes encircled by enclosed fans of fluting, and these octagons alternate with four rectangular compartments cotaining an anthemion flanked by sphinxes. There is an additional border on one end of three compartments containing anthemia, and fan roundels


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Cieling for the Vestibule at Sion / as executed (in pencil in the hand of Sir John Summerson)

Signed and dated

  • 1761
    Decr 1761

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (447 x 592)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias, with inscription in the hand of Sir John Summerson


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 28.
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes



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