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image Adam vol.7/55

Reference number

Adam vol.7/55

Purpose

London: Parliament House (designs for). Design for a rectangular panel showing figures in contemporary dress loading and dragging a small trolley and several bags towards a ship in the background. In the foreground is more booty.

Aspect

Elevation

Inscribed

Inscribed in pencil in a contemporary hand The Havannah taken & treasure Seaz'd Augt 1762

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1762-63

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, brown wash with white heightening, partly oxidised, on brown washed paper 167 x 459

Hand

Antonio Zucchi (attributed to)

Notes

This composition is in the 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.
The composition here of the taking of Havana was the most topical of the battle series in this series, and like Adam vol.7/54, confirms that the drawings were made in Rome during the winter of 1762/63.

Level

Drawing

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