- Robert and James Adam office drawings
Stillman described this ceiling in the following terms:
'The elaborate ceiling that Adam designed for the principal room of Eglinton House represented the elegant refinement but also the freshness and variety of Adam's work at the end of the 1760s. While this complex creation of overall delicate decoration conforms to the basic concept of many Adam ceilings of this period, it also demonstrated its designer's ability to adapt his formulae and to produce an almost infinite variety of designs which evince a family resemblance.'
Furthermore, Stillman notes that through observation of the preliminary design shown in Adam volume 8/149, the colours as well as the pattern were dictated to Adam's draughtsmen.
Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.
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Contents of Preliminary design, finished drawing and record drawing for a ceiling for the great room, 1769, as executed (3)
-  Preliminary design for a ceiling for the great room, 1769, as executed
-  Finished drawing for a ceiling for the great room, 1769, as executed
-  Record drawing for a ceiling for the great room, 1769, as executed