- Undated, probably 1762-63
The rather wooden quality of the drawing and lack of action make this composition different from the rest of the set and hence the possible attribution to Giuseppe Manocchi (c.1731-82) or to Agostino Scara (see also Adam vol.7/38) of whom James Adam wrote that he '... draws figures full as well as Brunias, is simple and modest, not ambitious, good natured and will soon become skilled in the ornamental way' (Fleming, op.cit. p.279). In his essay of 1762, James Adam discussed the problem of scale, noting that: 'To avoid this in some measure I myself have followed an idea of the ancients and have placed on the top of a high pediment a figure in a triumphal chariot drawn by four horses' (Fleming, op.cit., p.318). This composition is probably inspired by the quadriga relief of Marcus Aurelius in the Palazzo dei Conservatori, Rome. There is a drawing for the chariot of the quadriga in Adam vol.7/107 and it is shown in the later elevation of the Parliament building in Adam vol.28/2. In Adam vol.7/73 there is an unfinished design showing a similar chariot drawn by six horses, which has similar pencil guidelines.
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