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The Gothic Revival and Design

John Rutter: Delineations of Fonthill and its Abbey
(London: 1823) Sp Coll q63

Fonthill Abbey: the Grand Drawing Room
Stedman Whitwell Architect del.; engraved by John Cleghorn.
Plate 5
(Published June 2nd 1823 by J. Rutter, Shaftesbury)

magnificent in dimensions and decorations ... The ceiling beams are carried at their ends by carved and gilt corbels, and the hangings are of garter-blue silk damask, embellished with gold mouldings. The burnished gilt chairs are covered with the same. In the centre of the room, upon a carpet of extraordinary costliness, stands a table of Egyptian marble, the largest slab of the kind in Europe. (pp. 30-31).

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