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Unfinished designs for hall chairs, 1778, possibly executed (1)

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Both Bolton and Harris attribute this design to Hill Street. The drawings inscription does not record for which property the design was intended. Stylistically, the designs, particularly that for a curule chair, are perhaps a match for the interiors of the hall at Wormleybury (SM Adam volume 50/24). Harris makes comparisons between this design and a preliminary design for Lord Stanley (SM Adam volume 6/157), dated 1774.

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