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Record drawing for a ceiling for the drawing room, c1766-73, executed with alterations (1)

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The drawing room is located on the principal storey of the house in the south range, adjacent to one end of the gallery to the west, the hall to the north, and the tapestry room to the east.

The room was probably begun in 1763 for Francis Child. The ceiling was executed with alterations to this drawing, with a different number and scale of octagonal coffers, which are painted in trompe l'oeil. The ceiling survives in situ. The arrangement shown in the drawing is closer to Robert Wood's illustration of the soffitt at the Temple of the Sun at Palmyra. Harris has suggested that another influential example for Adam's drawing room ceiling at Osterley may have been the Temple of the Sun ceiling in the nave of West Wycombe Church, painted for Sir Francis Dashwood in 1763 by Giovanni Borgnis.

There is an Adam office set of laid-out wall elevations for the drawing room within the National Trust drawings collection at Osterley.

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