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Finished drawings for variant ceilings for the state dressing room (now the boudoir), 1767, unexecuted (2)

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The boudoir is located on the south-west corner of the principal floor of the central block between the saloon and the state bed room, and is composed of small dressing room and ante room areas divided by a screen of columns. Adam volume 11/49 shows only a ceiling design for the rectangular ceiling of the dressing room area, and Adam volume 11/51 shows the ceiling for the dressing room and ante room areas. Neither of these ceiling designs are as executed.

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