- Robert and James Adam office drawings
The friezes for the ante room, the second drawing room, the great drawing room, and the Etruscan dressing room (Adam volume 53/6) all correspond with those illustrated in the second volume of The works in architecture of Robert and James Adam (part 1, plates 2, 4 and 5). As such we know that these friezes are shown as executed in Adam's drawing. Further to this, as the house was demolished in 1862, and the other friezes were not shown in the Works, it is not known whether they were executed in accordance with the extant drawings.
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Contents of Record drawings for friezes for various rooms, ND (4)
-  Record drawings for friezes for the hall, staircase and ante room to the eatng parlour, ND; it is not known if these designs were executed
-  Record drawings for friezes for the eating parlour, great dining room, library, Lord Stanley's dressing room, and Lord Stanley's closet, ND; it is not known if these designs were executed
-  Record drawings for frieze for the ante room, first and second drawing rooms, the great drawing rooms, and the Etruscan dressing room, ND, those for the ante room, second drawing room, great drawing room and Etruscan room as executed, but it is not known if that for the first drawing room was executed
-  Record drawings for friezes for the bedchamber and circular closet, ND; it is not known if these designs were executed