Explore Collections Explore The Collections
You are here: CollectionsOnline  /  London: Parliament House (designs for). Design for a decorative panel showing a winged half-figure with a lion and unicorn on either side, with foliage and rosettes.
top left corner
top right corner
bottom left corner
bottom right corner
image Adam vol.7/81

Reference number

Adam vol.7/81

Purpose

London: Parliament House (designs for). Design for a decorative panel showing a winged half-figure with a lion and unicorn on either side, with foliage and rosettes.

Aspect

Elevation

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1762-63

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil on buff paper 119 x 213

Hand

James Adam, Office of

Notes

The lion and unicorn suggest that this panel design was intended for James Adam's Parliament House scheme and is the counterpart of Adam's British Order (see Adam vol.7/69). The classical sources for the composition can be found in James Adam's collection of drawings after the antique in Adam volume 26.

Level

Drawing

Digitisation of the Drawings Collection has been made possible through the generosity of the Leon Levy Foundation

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: drawings@soane.org.uk

Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.

Browse (via the vertical menu to the left) and search results for Drawings include a mixture of Concise catalogue records – drawn from an outline list of the collection – and fuller records where drawings have been catalogued in more detail (an ongoing process).