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Design for the chimneypiece for the back drawing room, c1769-70, executed at number 5 Royal Terrace (1)

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This design is not known to have been executed at number 1 Royal Terrace, and instead was installed at number 5 Royal Terrace, and survived to be photographed by the LCC in 1936. The frieze from this design was also duplicated in the chimneypiece in the front drawing room at 8 Royal Terrace, which was photographed by the LCC in 1936.

The chimneypieces from the front and back drawing rooms of either numbers 1 or 2 Royal Terrace were sold at auction in 1936, but it is not clear from the sale catalogue from which of these two houses they came.

This design is a close variant copy of that designed by Adam in 1769 for the study at Newby Hall (Adam volume 22/256). The Newby design is inscribed in pencil with the words, River front / [ ____ ] 1 pair, corresponding with the intended location of this design.

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