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Presentation drawings of the drawing room, for exhibition at the Royal Academy, 1792 (2)

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The drawings show the interior of the drawing room hung with Hardwicke's paintings, consisting of classical landscapes and grisailles. As David Adshead writes, the design predates Lady Hardwicke's decision to have the walls hung with silk (see drawing 23).

David Adshead records that English decorative painters John and Frederick Crace (1754-1819 and 1779-1859, respectively) worked for Soane at Wimpole between 1791 and 1794, mainly for work at the house.

The framed drawing, P410 (drawing 22), is part of a composite drawing exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1792. It is framed with a perspective of the Music Room at Bentley Priory (P409, q.v.) and the Rotunda vestibule at the Bank of England (P408, q.v.)

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