The Decorative Ceiling. The classically inspired ornate ceiling suggests a knowledge of Robert Wood’s influential book 'The Ruins of Palmyra'.

Published in 1753, Wood's book contained drawings of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra. Being one of the first systematic publications of ancient buildings, the drawings had great influence on the neoclassical movement, and on Robert Adam, who most likely suggested the designs as a fashionably contemporary incorporation.

Expertly carved door cornices and stucco frieze, more elaborate even than Adam's original drawings for the room, indicate the hand of an accomplished craftsman whose identity is sadly unknown. The exotic fruits and vegetables suggest a wealthy and well-travelled house owner.