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image Adam vol.7/83

Reference number

Adam vol.7/83

Purpose

London: Parliament House (designs for). Unfinished design for a table with part of a Vitruvian scroll, showing three tapering legs with spiral decoration. Below on the sheet is part of plan showing the stretchers to the legs.

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Details

Inscribed

Inscribed in pencil in a contemporary hand with dimensions

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1762-63

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on grey washed paper 126 x 185

Hand

James Adam, Office of

Notes

The table was probably intended for James Adam's Parliament House scheme of 1762/63; there is a larger detail of table legs in Adam vol.7/97 verso, which is probably in the same hand as this drawing.

Level

Drawing

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