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image Adam vol.7/51

Reference number

Adam vol.7/51

Purpose

London: Parliament House (designs for). Design for a rectangular panel showing in relief a naval battle with a sinking ship near a shore, with figures on masts and a lifeboat, and drowning figures in the sea. In the background are numerous ships.

Aspect

Elevation

Inscribed

Inscribed in pencil in a contemporary hand Quinto; and in a different Hawk's Engadgement. Novr. 1759

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1762-63

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, brown wash with white heightening, partly oxidised, on brown washed paper 168 x 462

Hand

Antonio Zucchi (attributed to)

Notes

This composition is the fifth in a series of reliefs of contemporary and historic battles (Adam vol.7/47-59), all intended to be part of a programme of iconographical decoration for James Adam's Parliament House scheme of 1762/63. The drawings are probably all by Antonio Zucchi (1726-95), with his characteristic use of brown paper. The pencil identification and dating of each historical scene is probably in an early nineteenth-century hand.
This scene shows the naval battle where Admiral Hawk defeated the French at Quiberon Bay in 1759.

Level

Drawing

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