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image Adam vol.7/90

Reference number

Adam vol.7/90

Purpose

London: Parliament House (designs for). Unfinished drawing of two crowns, each surmounted by an orb and cross, and with a coronet at the base.

Aspect

Details

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1762-63

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil 71 x 192

Hand

James Adam, Office of

Notes

The crown shown here is probably a version of that of St Edward and can be compared with those shown in the relief panels by Antonio Zucchi (1726-95) in this volume. It is part of the regalia used for Parliament, which included the sceptre shown in Adam vol.7/19.

Level

Drawing

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