- Robert and James Adam office drawings
As in the ante room and Lady Coventry's bedroom, Adam hung the walls of the great room with red damask. His ceiling, therefore, was his principal interior decorative contribution here. The ceiling was executed to a slightly altered version of Adam volume 11/39, and with painted panels by Antonio Zucchi. The ceiling and Zucchi's paintings all survive in situ.
According to his bill to Lord Coventry, Adam charged £20.0s. for the ceiling design (Adam volume 11/40) in June 1765. It is a painted ceiling in the antique style. One month later working drawings were provided at a cost of £5.5s. Then, in November 1765 a drawing showing alterations to the ceiling design was produced for £1.1s. This drawing does not survive, but presumably showed the minor alterations to Adam volume 11/39 that can be seen in the surviving ceiling.
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Contents of Alternative preliminary design, design, and finished drawing for the ceiling for the great room, 1765, drawing 10 executed with minor alterations (3)
-  Alternative preliminary design for the ceiling for the great room, 1765
-  Design for the ceiling for the great room, 1765
-  Finished drawing for the ceiling for the great room, 1765, executed with minor alterations