- Robert and James Adam office drawings
The ceiling for the drawing room was executed by Joseph Rose (junior) in 1766-67 at a cost of £87.3s.2¼d. Overdoor medallions, pilasters for the walls and lunette-shaped panels for the ceiling were painted by Antonio Zucchi, and delivered by the artist personally in September 1774. The ceiling and its lunette-shaped Zucchi panels – depicting Cupid and Psyche in the centre, encircled by the Liberal Arts – survive in situ, but on the arrival of the tapestries, Zucchi’s painted pilasters were removed and lost, and the overdoor medallions were placed in the breakfast room and then lost to a fire in that room in 1980.
There are other Adam office drawings for the drawing room within the National Trust drawings collection. These comprise an unexecuted preliminary design for laid out wall elevations datable to 1767; an unexecuted alternative design for the ceiling which is also datable to 1767; and a selection of Antonio Zucchi’s cartoons for some of his panels in the room.
Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.
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