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image Adam vol.7/59

Reference number

Adam vol.7/59

Purpose

London: Parliament House (designs for). Design for a rectangular panel showing a battle scene outside the gate of a fortified town. On the right is a figure in uniform dying on a bed beneath tree canopy, with a cannon to one side. The figure is surrounded by weeping figures in contemporary dress.

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Elevation

Inscribed

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1762-63

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, brown wash with white heightening, partly oxidised, on brown washed paper 162 x 779 with three vertical fold lines

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.
This scene is contemporary with the eighteenth-century battle scenes in the series and can be compared with the iconography used in Adam vol.7/52 for the surrender of Montreal. This possibly depicts another incident in that campaign, where General Wolf was fatally wounded in battle.

Level

Drawing

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