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Design for the dining room, 1777, as executed (1)


Adam’s designs for the dining room were executed, and the ceiling and plasterwork survive in situ. A chimneypiece to the design shown in the elevation also survives, along with painted roundels attributed to Angelica Kauffman. King notes the use of shallow decorative arches, and compares this to Adam’s designs for the dining room at Roxburghe House, the Hall at Nostell Priory and the music room at 20 Portman Square. The arches maintain their decorative plasterwork, but King observes the addition of mirrors surrounded by plaster ornamentation which are not Adam in design.



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