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image Adam vol.7/19

Reference number

Adam vol.7/19

Purpose

London: Parliament House (designs for). Design for a parliamentary mace showing a decorated shaft topped by a royal crown over a monogram of G.R.

Aspect

Detail

Scale

2 3/8" to 1 '

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink in a contemporary hand The maces of the House peers and Commons are the Same and Scale of one Foot

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1762-63

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, ink wash on brown tracing paper 374 x 96, right-hand side of drawing cut off apart from section at bottom with scale

Hand

James Adam (Attributed to)

Notes

This design for the mace and that for the Lord Chancellor's seal (see Adam vol.7/20) are part of James Adam's Parliament House scheme of 1763. This mace is shown in the Speaker scenes in Adam vol.7/24 and 25, and in the sculpture group in 7/37. The handwriting is probably that of James Adam, and the neat and painstaking draughtsmanship is also likely to be his.

Level

Drawing

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