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Design and record drawing for a ceiling for the first scheme for the eating parlour (later the ball room), 1771, unexecuted (2)


The eating parlour at Headfort was created by knocking together two rooms in the south-east corner, on the ground storey of the house, and the two rooms above on the first storey, thus forming a large double cube. Presumably owing to its size the room was used as a ball room during the nineteenth century.

The unexecuted ceiling design shown in Adam volumes 12/96-97 makes use of segmental vault similar to that in the library at Kenwood, or the second drawing room at 20 St James's Square. The proposal to include a vault was abandoned, most likely in favour of economy.

Within the drawings collection of the Yale Center for British Art at New Haven there is a quarter drawn copy of drawing Adam volume 12/96.



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