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Design for a ceiling for the lobby between the top hall and the saloon, c1766-72, as executed (1)


This drawing is a record drawing variant of a design for the same ceiling in an Adam office hand, and datable to 1766-72 within the private collection of Lord St Oswald. There are also three executed working drawings for details of this ceiling, its domes and cornice in an Adam office hand, dated 1 June 1772 within the National Trust drawings collection. The ceiling was executed in accordance with Adam’s design and survives in situ.



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