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SM Adam volume 18/60


[15] Finished drawing for the scagliola floor in the ante room, c1761-62, as executed


Plan of a rectangular compartmental pavement, divided by bands of guilloche, lined by pilasters, and with a colonnade of square columns around the perimeter, and showing the spaces for four doors in two walls ornamented with octagonal coffering enclosing rosettes. There is a central octagonal compartment containing a central rosette enclosed by irregular octagons enclosing rosettes and a circular band of scrolled hearts. This is encircled by hexagonal compartments containing paterae enclosed by oval bands of Vitruvian scroll, and rectangular bands containing octagonal coffering enclosing rosettes


to a scale

Signed and dated

  • 1761-62
    datable to c1761-62

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including olive green and Indian red on laid paper (430 x 477)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 28
Stillman, 1966, p. 107
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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