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Finished drawing for the dining room, c1767, executed with alterations (1)

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From examination of early photographs King has established that Adam's dining room was executed on the ground storey, in the location shown on Adam's plan (Adam volume 50/75), and with an apsidal end. The room was not executed exactly in accordance with the drawing, however, as the only ornament to have been implemented was the frieze.

It is clear from observation of the plan of the ground storey (Adam volume 50/75) that William Adam's inscription on this drawing, labelling it a drawing room, is incorrect. Arthur Bolton's pencil amendment, labelling the room as a dining room, is correct.

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