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Working drawing for the Finishings to the Eating Room at Shottisham, 16 June 1789 (1)

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Soane has added an instruction regarding the panelling, and this with the fold marks and staining suggests that the drawing was used on site. There is a reference to a red teint (tint, that is, colour wash), but this is not visible on the drawing.

The 'Eating Room' was located on the south-east side of the house and measures about 20 by 30 feet. This plan shows it as lit by one of the two tripartite windows of the south front; there is a blind window on the exterior of the east wall. The finishings are plain with simple panelling; over this panelling on the east and west walls a 'Circular Bead' moulding describes a segmental arc that spans the breadth of the room.

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