- Robert and James Adam office drawings
This design for the ceiling of the back drawing room is an imitation of a painted vault in the Palace of Augustus, on the Palatine in Rome. It was not executed. Instead, Adam's design for the back parlour - the corresponding room on the floor below - (Adam volume 12/5) was installed in this room and remains in situ. The only element of the ceiling which does not survive are the medallions which were painted by Antonio Zucchi.
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Contents of Preliminary design and finished drawing for a ceiling for the back drawing room, 1769, unexecuted (2)
-  Preliminary design for a ceiling for the back drawing room, 1769, unexecuted
-  Finished drawing for a ceiling for the back drawing room, 1769, unexecuted