The private drawing room where Lady Spencer received her guests, this room was described by Arthur Young in 1772 as 'fitted up with great taste; scarce anything can be more beautiful than the mosaic ceiling, the cornices and all the ornaments'. The ceiling is one of Stuart's best designs, based on a ceiling in the Baths of Augustus in Rome, while the frieze is adapted from that of the Erechtheum in Athens.
Spencer House in London. The house was commissioned by John, 1st Earl Spencer in 1756, the Earl requiring a large London house to cement his position and status. The architect he chose was John Vardy who had studied under William Kent.