Design for a drawing room, 1778, possibly executed (1)
It is not known if the designs for Mistley Hall interiors were executed. King, however, suggests it is quite likely, noting the extensive designs produced for the Mistley estate which were carried out. He also points to the designs of the drawing room carpet (SM Adam volume 5/43 and 17/198) as an indicator of their execution, as these drawings date six months after those for the ceiling which they complement (SM Adam volume 14/27-28). A contemporary account also records alterations made to the house under Rigby, and although no date or architect is given, it is significant that the additions referenced include a new eating room and drawing room.
Interestingly the inscriptions for this drawing record a proposed arrangement for paintings we can assume formed part of Rigby’s collection.
Horace Walpole’s letter to Horace Mann, dated 2nd August 1750 records an earlier scheme for Rigby’s drawing room at Mistley, with ‘very fine Indian landscapes, with a black fret round them… and all the ground or hangings is of pink paper’.