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image Adam vol.7/89

Reference number

Adam vol.7/89

Purpose

Unfinished design for the base of a column showing alternative forms of decoration, fluted and unfluted, with oak leaf and Guilloche tori. Next to this is a quadrant plan with dimensions.

Aspect

Elevation, plan

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1762-63

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, black chalk 214 x 377

Hand

James Adam, Office of

Notes

This drawing provides alternative forms for the decoration of the base of a column, presumably from James Adam's Parliament House scheme, or possibly his royal theatre scheme, see Adam vol.7/184. There is another, less complete variation in Adam vol.7/100, and a detail in Adam vol.7/99.
Amongst the collection of Albani drawings that James Adam had purchased for George III in 1762 is a sheet of decorated column bases from the Forum of Augustus in Rome, which may have served as a model for this drawing (see Campbell 2004, I, p.235).

Level

Drawing

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