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Designs for mouldings (2)

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Drawings 14 and 15 are details of plaster mouldings in the eating room, first floor dressing rooms, best chambers and attic. The mouldings show a slight hierarchy of form, with those ornaments in the attic being less ornate than the bedrooms, and the most decorative mouldings reserved for the eating room. The cornice in the bedrooms is ornamented with a continuous scroll motif with rosettes of alternating design. The cornice in the eating room has fluting beneath an egg and dart ovolo.

Lord Bridport was created Baron Bridport in the Irish peerage in 1794. The drawings are labelled 'Adm[ira]l Hood', indicating that they were made before he received his title.

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