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Designs for finishings to the drawing room, eating room and music hall (3)


The drawing room has bowed ends, each with a chimney-piece at its centre. Three windows are on the south-facing wall. Drawing 93 shows the interior finishings of the room, with fluted architraves surrounding each window and door. The doors are under decorative relief panels. The ceiling of the drawing room is shown unornamented; the floor has a concentric oval pattern.

The eating room also has decorative panels over the doors. The two doors at the centre of the east wall are framed by pilasters and an entablature. As in the drawing room, the ceiling is shown unornamented and the floor has a simple oval pattern.

The music room is entered from the south via two doors framed by Ionic columns. The columns support decorative lintels, each surmounted by a semicircular arch. The centre bay has fluted pilasters supporting a third semicircular arch. Identical pilasters line the room on the east and west walls between the windows and supporting semicircular arches.



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