Preliminary design, and variant finished drawings for the state bed, 1775-76, drawings 61-62 as executed (4)
Adam volume 17/157 and 17/158 show the state bed as executed. The bed and its original green hangings survive in situ. The walls of the room were hung with plain green velvet to match the bed.
Harris has suggested that the blue colour scheme rather than green, and the use of griffons rather than sphinxes in Adam volume 17/156, may show that this earlier scheme for a bed was intended for 38 Berkeley Square, or an entirely different client who rejected it. This is not known.
Inspiration for the form of the state bed has been variously suggested as the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates at Athens, and the Temple of Venus at Pomona.