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Reference number

SM volume 59/110


[17] Breakfast room, perspective design 1808


Interiior perspective


Earl of Breadalbane / Taymouth Castle and View of the Breasfast Room

Signed and dated

  • 00/00/1808

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, green, yellow, blue and burnt sienna washes, with multi-ruled and sepia wash border, on wove paper (340 x 340)


The office Day Book has an entry under 7 June 1808 that reads: 'Lord Breadalbane / Copying internal Sketch / for fitting out of the Dining / Room / Edwards' which suggests Francis Edwards (1784-1857) (improver July 1806 - June 1809) as the draughtsman for this drawing - and probably the other perspective drawings in this volume for Taymouth Castle.


According to drawing [1] the breakfast room measures 25 by 22 feet. The design is rather light-hearted and has a feminine air to it. The circular ceiling rests on four arches supported by four attached columns. A windowed wall has fringed yellow drape curtains, chairs and a pair of couches with a small table furnish the room.



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