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image Adam vol.7/6

Reference number

Adam vol.7/6


London: Parliament House (designs for). Unfinished design for the setting-out of a quarter of a circular floor pattern.




Inscribed in ink in a contemporary hand Pannals of the great Halls I

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1763

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen238 x 225


James Adam


fleur de lys in circle


This drawing is part of a group of drawings of various floor patterns for James Adam's Parliament House scheme, see Adam vol.7/5, 7-12, 72 and 74-76. The detail of this aspect of the scheme would suggest that these drawings were executed in the 1763 period. A more developed version of this drawing is found in Adam vol.7/8.



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