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Finished drawings for alternative designs for the octagonal dining room, c1760-61, unexecuted (2)

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The pink wash in these drawings denotes the proposed new masonry. The Venetian windows in Adam volume 31/113 relate to those in one of the alternative elevations for the extension (Adam volume 31/111), and the windows of Adam volume 31/114 relate to the other elevation (Adam volume 31/110). Moreover, the plan (Adam volume 31/112) shows single-light windows so it also corresponds with Adam volume 31/114.

The original central bay Adam 31/111 has been cut away, and this new central bay affixed, implying that the design for the chimneypiece changed during the production of this drawing.

As Adam's extension to the east front was not executed this octagonal dining room was not realised.

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