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Preliminary designs and design for panels for the doors in the drawing room, c1779, possibly executed (2)


As Adam’s commissions for Hume are executed almost concurrently, with work at Wormleybury undertaken from 1777 - 1780, and at Hill Street from 1778 – 1780, it is difficult to ascertain the intended location for some of the designs. In particular there are several drawings for ornamental panels, some of which are simply assigned to Sir Abraham Hume, which are therefore difficult to place. As a number of the panel designs appear to have been intended for the drawing rooms at Hill Street, those drawings which remain unassigned have also been catalogued under the Hill Street scheme. It is possible however, that some of these designs may have been intended for Wormleybury.

Bolton catalogued these designs for 31 Hill Street.



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