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image Adam vol.7/75

Reference number

Adam vol.7/75

Purpose

London: Parliament House (designs for). Unfinished design for a semi-circular ceiling showing radiating panels divided by rosettes from a central rose.

Aspect

Ceiling planverso detail

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1762-63

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil193 x 323

Hand

George Richardson (attributed to)

Verso

Unfinished design in pen over pencil for a semi-circular ceiling showing a ring of large and small circles with borders decorated with arabesques.

Notes

The designs on both recto and verso are probably versions of the ceiling compositions in Adam vol.7/18, 45 and 46, and can be associated with James Adam's Parliament House scheme of 1762/63. The drawing is probably by George Richardson (d. c.1813), possibly after a composition by Giuseppe Manocchi (1731-82).

Level

Drawing

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