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Finished drawing for the 2nd drawing room (now the cinnamon drawing room), 1766-69, executed with alterations (1)

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Despite the inscription, this drawing is for the 2nd drawing room, on the south front of the house, between the 1st drawing room and the gallery. This room was formed from the corridor between the 1st drawing room and the gallery, and as such it is an awkward shape for a drawing room. It had originally been intended as a dining room but on the completion of the dining room on the north front of the house this idea was abandoned.

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