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image Adam vol.7/68

Reference number

Adam vol.7/68

Purpose

London: Parliament House (designs for). Design showing unfinished plan for a circular baldacchino with four columns standing on six steps within a hemisphere.

Aspect

Plan verso detail

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1762-63

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil 403 x 541, with vertical fold line

Hand

James Adam, Office of

Verso

Unfinished design in pencil for the top of a pedimented doorcase surmounted by a royal crown; another, also unfinished, chalk version of this royal doorway is on the verso of Adam vol.7/102. Also on sheet are two unfinished panel details.

Notes

This is the plan for the elevation of a royal baldacchino in Adam vol.7/70. It was intended to cover a throne in one of the halls in James Adam's Parliament House scheme of 1763. There is part of a plan for this in Adam vol.7/76.

Level

Drawing

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