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image Adam vol.7/79

Reference number

Adam vol.7/79

Purpose

London: Parliament House (designs for). Unfinished design for a floor or ceiling plan of a rectangle and exedra showing a series of geometric patterns with rosettes and arabesque decoration.

Aspect

Plan

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1762-63

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil on buff paper 416 x 172, vertical foldline, torn bottom left corner and bottom centre

Hand

James Adam, Office of

Watermark

Fleur de lys in single circle

Notes

This drawing is for one of the halls in James Adam's Parliament House scheme made during winter 1762/63 in Rome. There are similar floor designs for the scheme in Adam vol.7/7 and 9 but to a smaller scale. The hand here may be that of George Richardson (d. c.1813).

Level

Drawing

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