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image Adam vol.7/72

Reference number

Adam vol.7/72

Purpose

London: Parliament House (designs for). Unfinished design for a compartmented ceiling showing a series of circles with arabesque decoration, small rosettes and thistles.

Aspect

Ceiling plan

Inscribed

Inscribed in pencil in a contemporary hand Column / Center of the hall & middle Inter's Columination / Column / Plaster / Pilaster / Column / Center of Side Inter / Columnation / Pilaster / Pilaster / projection of Pilaster at extremity of the Hall / Middle of the Arch

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1762 - 63

Medium and dimensions

Black chalk382 x 539, vertical foldline

Hand

George Richardson (attributed to)

Watermark

Fleur de lys in two circles

Notes

The more obviously architectural drawings for James Adam's Parliament House scheme are probably by George Richardson (d.1813), as are the pencil annotations in English (see also Adam vol.7/113). Richardson went to Italy with James Adam and returned with him to work in the London office. The design here is a version of the ink drawing in Adam vol.7/12 and may be taken from an invention by Giuseppe Manocchi (1731-1782) after the Salle des Sibille in the Vatican, Rome by Pinturicchio (1452-1513).

Level

Drawing

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