Inscribed in pencil in a later hand Battle of Cressy. The black prince craves his father's blessing 2do"
Signed and dated
Undated, probably 1762-63
Medium and dimensions
Pencil, pen, brown wash with white heightening on brown washed paper173 x 465
Antonio Zucchi (attributed to)
This composition is one of 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.Although this is part of the battle series for the Parliament House project, the scene here and in Adam vol.7/56 and 58 is from medieval rather than eighteenth-century history. It depicts the Battle of Crecy in 1346, although the drawing is anachronistic in both costume and the inclusion of cannons. It is the counterpart to Adam vol.7/58. As in that drawing the figures are dressed in a combination of classical and early seventeenth-century costumes.
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