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image Adam vol.7/91

Reference number

Adam vol.7/91

Purpose

London: Parliament House (designs for). Unfinished design for half of a semi-circular ceiling with rosette and festoons radiating from full-length winged figures, and an outer border of panels of various shapes.

Aspect

Ceiling plan

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1762-63

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil 189 x 328, top left corner torn

Hand

James Adam, Office of

Notes

This drawing may be compared with similar unfinished designs in Adam vol.7/75 recto and verso, and other ceiling proposals for James Adam's Parliament House scheme in this section of the volume. The composition is close to compositions found in James Adam's collection of drawings after the antique in Adam volume 26, and in the collection of drawings by Giuseppe Manocchi (1731-82), many made in London c.1765, which are found in Adam volumes 15 and 16.

Level

Drawing

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