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Design for the music room, 1762, unexecuted (1)

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The upper portion of this drawing, in which the entablature is drawn, has been cropped and replaced with the current version.

There are wall elevations for the music room in the Kedleston drawings collection, though according to Harris these are incorrectly dated to 1760 as they show the picture arrangement of 1763.

The large organ case shown in this drawing was designed by Adam for an instrument provided by Snetzler (Adam volumes 54/3/22, 54/3/36, 25/1-25/3). This organ was deemed too large for the music room, and a smaller instrument was provided in its place.

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