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Stillman notes that the composition of this ceiling is a variant on a popular Adam scheme, and the delicacy and small-scale detailing is typical of Adam's work in the 1770s. It is distinguishable from similar ceilings as it has a central elliptical compartment which occupies the full length of the ceiling, whereas in the others, for example the dining room ceiling at Wormleybury, there are end panels flanking the central circle.
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Contents of Finished drawing and record drawing for a ceiling for the dining room, as executed, 5 November 1778 (2)
-  Finished drawing for a ceiling for the dining room, as executed, 5 November 1778
-  Record drawing for a ceiling for the dining room, as executed, 5 November 1778