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Print - A Collection of Ceilings, Decorated In The Style of The Antique Grotesque
  • A Collection of Ceilings, Decorated In The Style of The Antique Grotesque
    Richardson, George
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A Collection of Ceilings, Decorated In The Style of The Antique Grotesque

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    1793 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Richardson, George (designer)
    Richardson, George (printmaker)
    Richardson, George (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching and engraving hand coloured, on paper

  • Museum number:

    2216:32

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EO, shelf 37

This print is a design for a library ceiling. It is from A Collection of Ceilings, Decorated in The Style of the Antique Grotesque, first published in parts from 1774. The designer George Richardson worked in the architectural firm of the Adam brothers, known for their neoclassical style. The Adam brothers Robert and James were active in the second half of the 18th century, and built private and public buildings in England and Scotland. This print is typical of the style of the firm: it draws inspiration from antiquity, and it is decorative yet light.

Physical description

Hand-coloured etching and engraving with a circular pattern in pale green and pink, with grotesque designs and a square central image showing angels

Place of Origin

London (published)

Date

1793 (published)

Artist/maker

Richardson, George (designer)
Richardson, George (printmaker)
Richardson, George (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Etching and engraving hand coloured, on paper

Dimensions

Height: 23.2 cm cut to, Width: 41.9 cm cut to

Object history note

From A Collection of Ceilings, Decorated in The Style of the Antique Grotesque, first published in parts from 1774.
Richardson's designs reflect his work in the architectural firm of the Adam brothers. This composition, with its restrained strip ornament, resembles that of ancient Roman ceilings.

Descriptive line

George Richardson (after), plate from 'A Collection of Ceilings, Decorated In The Style of The Antique Grotesque', London, 1793.

Labels and date

The full text of the label is as follows:

"PRINT: DESIGN FOR A LIBRARY CEILING
English, 1793
Hand-coloured etching by George Richardson from A Collection Of Ceilings, Decorated In The Style Of The Antique Grotesque, first published in parts from 1774.

Richardson's designs reflect his work in the architectural firm of the Adam brothers. This composition, with its restrained strip ornament, resembles that of ancient Roman ceilings." []

Production Note

From A Collection of Ceilings, Decorated in The Style of the Antique Grotesque, first published in parts from 1774.

Materials

Paper; Printing ink

Techniques

Etching; Engraving

Subjects depicted

Ceilings; Angels; Libraries

Categories

Prints; Printed pages & sheets; Designs; Interiors; Architecture; Ornament prints; Scotland

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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