- Robert and James Adam office drawings
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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Contents of Preliminary design and record drawing for the ceiling for the drawing room, 1769, as executed (2)
-  Preliminary design for a ceiling for the drawing room, 1769, roughly as executed
-  Record drawing for a ceiling for the drawing room, 1769, as executed