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Record drawing for the ceiling of the state dressing room, 1761, unexecuted (1)


This ceiling design depicts Adam's intial intention to include a state dressing room with apsidal ends - partly seen in Adam's section (Adam volume 40/4) - which was located on the centre of the west front on the principal floor of the central block. This was not executed and the space became the state bed room. The arrangement of the state apartment was devided by Scarsdale himself in 1764, swapping Adam's state bed room (in what is now the boudoir) with the state dressing room. The rationale behind this decision was to create further space for his collection.

The pencil annotations of Sir Ellis Cunliffe refers to another of Adam's patrons who commissioned designs for the interior of his house at Wimbledon in 1766-67. This reference in particular is presumably related to the fact that the surviving drawing for Sir Ellis's drawing room ceiling (SM Adam volume 11/224) bears some similarity to this design, and may have been based on it.

There is another copy of this drawing in the Kedleston drawings collection.



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