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Design for the great drawing room, 1779, as executed (1)

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Adam’s designs for the great drawing room were executed in the newly constructed rear wing to the house, which Adam designed to provide Hume with an extra room at ground and first floor.
The wall pilasters visible in the wall-elevations are a match for the surviving full sized drawing (Adam volume 49/6) and Bolton notes them in situ (c1917). He also notes the survival of the painted door panels. The wall-elevations suggest that these were executed to the designs of Adam volumes 5/24, 24/228, 24/273, 24/278-79, the inscriptions for which suggests they were also used for the second drawing room.

King records the survival of the frieze as shown in Adam volume 53/39, also visible in the laid-ot wall-elevations. However he notes that the lower frieze, detailed in this design, is missing.

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