- Robert and James Adam office drawings
Adam’s ceiling in the room was originally painted blue, buff and black. According to Eileen Harris, this was Adam’s earliest attempt at the Etruscan style, and Peter Leach has described it rather well as ‘tentatively Etruscan’. The Etruscan style was bolstered by the addition of Etruscan style furnishings designed in 1775-84. It has been suggested that the Etruscan furniture in Adam’s dining room at Newby was inspired by that which Adam had designed for Weddell’s brother-in-law, Sir John Ramsden, at Byram Hall, Ferrybridge, but observation of the drawings show that it was the other way around, and the designs for Newby predate those for Byram by around five years. Very little of the Etruscan scheme in Adam’s dining room survives as the furniture has largely been lost or moved, and the ceiling colour scheme has been lightened to blue, buff and red.
There is an Adam office grey-washed finished drawing duplicate of this design at the West Yorkshire Archive Service in Morley (WYL5013/D/1/7/1).
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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