- Robert and James Adam office drawings
The wall elevation without a segmental window (Adam volume 50/54) contains ornamentation in the cove which corresponds with that in Adam's ceiling design (Adam volume 12/86). As Bonomi's inscription on the saloon ceiling design (Adam volume 12/86) suggests that work on this scheme was begun (if not completed), it is suggested here that the idea of a segmental lantern or roof light was abandoned, and that the final design corresponded with Adam volume 50/54.
A sofa is included in Adam volume 50/54. According to Harris, French influence is apparent in this design. The spiral fluted legs are the type often found on Boulle furniture. Moreover, Harris has suggested that although uninscribed, Adam volume 6/153 is probably a preliminary design for this sofa.
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Contents of Alternative preliminary design, design and finished drawing for the saloon and sofa, 1771, unexecuted (3)
-  Alternative design for the saloon and sofa, 1771, unexecuted
-  Alternative preliminary design for the saloon and sofa, 1771, unexecuted
-  Alternative finished drawing for the saloon and sofa, 1771, unexecuted