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Preliminary design and record drawing for carpets for the chapel, 1780, unexecuted (2)

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The ceiling in the chapel was a fan vault ornamented with stucco, and the design was supposedly inspired by that from King’s College Chapel, Cambridge. There are no drawings for the chapel ceiling, but Harris has suggested that it must have been similar to Adam’s design for the central carpet. The chapel caret was not executed, and instead the floor was covered with a floor cloth. However, the circular pew was provided with a carpet, but it is not known if the surviving drawing shows the executed design as it was probably lost when the chapel interior was demolished by Sir Anthony Salvin in the 1850s.

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