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image Adam vol.7/45

Reference number

Adam vol.7/45

Purpose

London: Parliament House (designs for). Unfinished design for half of a circular ceiling showing two alternative radiating patterns of circles and rectangles with rosette and anthemion decoration. Below are details of coffers in pencil.

Aspect

Ceiling plan, details

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1762-63

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen on grey washed paper 217 x 343

Hand

James Adam, Office of

Notes

This design, and the variation on it in Adam vol.7/46, are both presumably for ceilings of the circular hall in James Adam's Parliament scheme of 1762/63, although the decoration contains no national or royal symbols such as are found in other designs for the scheme; the grey paper would suggest that they are part of such a set of drawings. The composition here is similar to that found in several drawings by Giuseppe Manocchi (1731-82) in Adam volume 26, a volume that was also connected with James Adam.

Level

Drawing

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