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image Adam vol.7/7

Reference number

Adam vol.7/7

Purpose

London: Parliament House (designs for). Unfinished design for a floor plan of several geometric shapes for a rectangular hall with wall niches and apsidal ends.

Aspect

Detail

Scale

partial scale at top of sheet 7/8" to 10 ft

Inscribed

Inscribed in pencil with calculations and one dimension for the right hand entrance

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1763

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil 210 x 280

Hand

James Adam

Notes

This drawing is part of a group of drawings of various floor patterns for James Adam's Parliament House scheme, see Adam vol.7/5-6, 8-12, 72 and 74-76. The detail of this aspect of the scheme would suggest that these drawings were executed in the 1763 period. This drawing shows the floor pattern proposed for the hall for either the Commons or the Lords. The three circular forms can be compared with that in Adam vol.7/5. The over-drawing at one end may suggest the royal dias or Speaker's Chair.

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Drawing

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