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Preliminary design for a pier glass frame for the eating room, 1767, as executed (1)


The eating room is located on the principal storey of the house in the north range, with one end of the gallery to the west, the hall to the south, and the great staircase to the east.

Adam's work to the interior of this room was begun in c1763 for Francis Child, but the only surviving drawing for the walls is a set of laid-out wall elevations within the National Trust drawings collection at Osterley. The room contains landscape paintings by Antonio Zucchi, and an overmantel by Giovanni Battista Cipriani. The grotesque wall panels are similar to those for the dining rooms at Lansdowne House and the music room at Harewood, and according to Stillman, they are among the best preserved and most accessible of all Adam's mature grotesque panels.

There is no surviving drawing for Adam's ceiling in the eating room at Osterley, but it is similar to that executed in the dining room at Shardeloes in 1761.

A pair of pier glass frames was executed for the eating room in accordance with Adam's design, probably by Linnell, and they survive in situ.



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