- Robert and James Adam office drawings
The room was designed in the Etruscan style, along the lines of Adam's other Etruscan rooms, such as the dressing room at Osterley, but according to Stillman this was 'among the largest and most imposing rooms designed by Adam in the Etruscan fashion'. Moreover, the various drawings for this room show Adam's ability to design a harmonious ensemble, taking into account every aspect of a room.
There are various motifs in the preliminary design for the ceiling (Adam volume 5/33) which were omitted in the executed finished drawing (Adam volume 14/79). These motifs, however, found their way into the carpet design for the room (Adam volume 17/207).
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Contents of Preliminary design, finished drawing and record drawings for ceiling and walls for the great dining room, ceiling as executed, and walls presumed to have been executed, August 1780 (5)
-  Preliminary design for a ceiling for the great dining room, as executed, 1780
-  Record drawing for a ceiling for the great dining room, as executed, August 1780
-  Design for a wall for the great dining room, presumed to have been executed, August 1780
-  Finished drawing for a wall for the great dining room, presumed to have been executed, August 1780
-  Record drawing for a wall for the great dining room, presumed to have been executed, August 1780