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image Adam vol.7/67

Reference number

Adam vol.7/67

Purpose

London: Parliament House (designs for). Design for a long rectangular panel showing in relief figures, two of which are on horseback, buying and selling goods and animals including horses, sheep and cattle.

Aspect

Elevation

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink in a contemporary hand Pastoral Life

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1762-63

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, brown wash with white heightening, partly oxidised, on brown washed paper 160 x 774 with multiple vertical fold lines

Hand

Antonio Zucchi (attributed to)

Notes

This composition is part of a series of designs for James Adam's Parliament House scheme of 1762/63 that depict scenes and aspects of general life (Adam vol.7/60-67). Adam vol.7/64-67 is a set of four drawings that have country life as the subject, possibly all intended for the proposed Circular Hall, for which there are other reliefs in Adam vol.7/61 and 63. The drawings are all similar in draughtsmanship and were probably made by Antonio Zucchi (1726 - 95) in the winter of 1762/63.

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Drawing

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