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Preliminary design for the layout of the painted breakfasting parlour, with pencil annotations showing the arrangement of the ceiling, 1768, unexecuted (1)

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The painted breakfasting parlour was to be located on the principal floor in a small, square, one-room pavilion connected to the south-west corner of the central block, and therefore adjacent to the boudoir. The room was intended to be circular with a diameter of 25 feet.

This drawing has been incorrectly inscribed by William Adam as being for the saloon, the other circular room desgined for Kedleston, but we can see from the scale, arrangement of the niches, windows and door, as well as the pencil-drawn ceiling that it was for the painted breakfasting parlour. The design for this room has been reused from an unexecuted scheme for the circular dressing room at Harewood (1767), now demolished.

This room is often confused with the painted breakfasting room which Adam designed and executed in the family pavilion. This was a rectangular room, and drawings for it in the hand of Agostino Brunias survive in the Kedleston drawings collecion. It was dismantled in 1807.

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