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SM Adam volume 14/125


[135] Finished drawing for the painted breakfasting room, 1768, unexecuted


Section of a circular, domed room, with a central segmental-headed window flanked by segmental-headed recesses within relieving arches, a further window to the right, and a door to the left. The bays are articulated by paired Ionic pilasters and the walls ornamented with painted decoration including patera, figures, half figures, urns and arabesques. The domed ceiling is also painted with paired figures and arabesques


to a scale


New room at Kedleston

Signed and dated

  • 1768
    datable to 1768

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and coloured washes including pink on laid paper (618 x 457)


Adam office hand, possibly Giuseppe Manocchi


LVG and fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
Harris, 1987, p. 57
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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