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  • image SM volume 59/111

Reference number

SM volume 59/111


[5] Drawing room, perspective design 1808


Interior perspective


View of the Drawing Room, Earl of Breadalbane

Signed and dated

  • 00/00/1808

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, yellow and blue washes, with triple ruled and sepia wash border (340 x 429)


The office Day Book has an entry under 7 June 1808 - 'Lord Breadalbane / Copying internal Sketch / for fitting out of the Dining / Rooom / Edwards' which suggests Francis Edwards 1784-1857) (improver July 1806 - June1809) as the draughtsman for this drawing - and probably the other drawings in this volume (59) for Taymouth Castle.


The design corresponds with that shown in drawings [4] and [6]. Added are eight chairs with draped seats, two couches, two sculpted figures on pedestals and blue fringed drapes to the windows. A tall and ornate mirror has been placed over the chimney-piece, walls are painted yellpw and a large carpet covers the entire floor.



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