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image Adam vol.7/76

Reference number

Adam vol.7/76

Purpose

London: Parliament House (designs for). Unfinished design for a ceiling showing hexagonal compartments with oak leaf decoration in the centre of each. Below this on the sheet is part of a plan for a baldacchino showing the bases for four columns.

Aspect

Ceiling plan, plan [part] verso details

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1762-63

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, partially squared 268 x 329

Hand

James Adam, Office of

Verso

Unfinished pencil design for the bases of two pilasters. It can be related to the part-elevation on the verso of Adam vol.7/77.

Notes

The ceiling design is a companion to those shown in Adam vol.7/18 and 72, and like them is connected with James Adam's Parliament House scheme of 1762/63. The baldacchino base is a version of that in the plan in Adam vol.7/68.

Level

Drawing

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