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image Adam vol.7/87

Reference number

Adam vol.7/87

Purpose

London: Parliament House (designs for). Designs for three long rectangular panels each composed of foliage and rosette decoration, and incorporating national and royal symbols. The top panel has the Irish harp; the middle panel has the royal arms; and the bottom panel has the lion and unicorn.

Aspect

Elevations

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1762-63

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil 306 x 450

Hand

James Adam, Office of

Watermark

Villandry

Notes

The use of such national and royal symbols indicates that these panels were intended for the decoration of James Adam's Parliament House scheme of 1762/63. A similar use of these iconographical forms can be found in Adam vol.7/81 and 112. Like them, the symbols are derived from antique sources such as those shown in James Adam's collection of drawings after the antique in Adam volume 26; for example Adam vol.26/45, which relates to the bottom panel here.

Level

Drawing

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