- Robert and James Adam office drawings
Despite considerable damage in the 1990s owing to water ingress, the ceiling survives in situ and has since been restored (see scheme notes). The surviving ceiling, however, does not include the band of rosettes amid serpentine ribbon around the central medallion. There is some uncertainty as to whether this element was omitted in execution, or was lost during the nineteenth century.
It has previously been claimed that the medallions in the ceiling of the second drawing room were signed by Angelica Kauffman, but this signature has not been found, and the medallions have more recently been attributed to Antonio Zucchi.
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Contents of Finished drawing for a ceiling for the second drawing room, 1771, as executed or executed with minor alterations (1)
-  Finished drawing for a ceiling for the second drawing room, 1771, as executed or executed with minor alterations