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Presentation drawing of the entrance hall, 7 August 1799 (1)

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The entrance hall has paired fluted Doric columns on all four walls supporting a Doric entablature on an oval plan and a shallow dome ceiling. At the corners of the rectangular room, beyond the colonnade, the flat ceiling is ornamented. The entrance is on the far wall and a stove is between the adjoining paired columns. A plan of the entrance hall is in drawing 36.

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