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Preliminary design and record drawing for the ceiling for the drawing room, 1769, as executed (2)


Adam’s drawing (tapestry) room is a large rectangular room, located on the ground storey, at the centre of the garden (west) front, between the ante room and William Weddell’s dressing room. It is now known as the tapestry room owing to the ‘Les Amours de Dieus’ Boucher-Neilson Gobelins tapestries on the walls. Weddell may have visited the Gobelins factory as early as the autumn of 1763, during his first trip to France. He selected tapestries following the same design as those commissioned by another of Adam’s patrons, the Earl of Coventry for Croome Court. The measurements of the room were provided to the Gobelins factory by John Carr, prior to Adam’s arrival, and the tapestries were delivered in lots between 1767 and 1769.

Further to the tapestries, the room contains French pier glasses, seat furniture by Chippendale, also upholstered in tapestry, and curtain cornices and a carpet designed by Adam. The ceiling was executed in accordance with Adam’s design. It survives in situ, but has since been repainted. The original colour scheme of pink, green and brown has been replaced with lighter tones intended to mimic the faded effect of the tapestries below, which were once pink and are now tan.

There is a quarter-drawn colour-washed Adam office duplicate of Adam volume 11/240 at the West Yorkshire Archive Service, Morley (WYL5013/D/1/9/2).



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