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image Adam vol.7/94

Reference number

Adam vol.7/94

Purpose

Unfinished design for a round-headed arch with pediment above. To one side is a smaller doorway flanked on either side by caryatid figures on circular bases decorated with trophies, with a circular panel above. On the right-hand side of the sheet are details of a doorhead.

Aspect

Elevation, details

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1762-63

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, chalk 335 x 258

Hand

George Richardson (attributed to)

Verso

Pen try-outs

Notes

This sheet shows several overlapping designs for an entranceway; they may be earlier versions of the simpler scheme that is shown in Adam vol.7/93. Like 7/93 too, this doorway does not relate to the plan in Adam vol.7/78 although it is likely to be part of James Adam's Parliament House scheme of 1762/63, or possibly the theatre scheme shown in Adam vol.7/170.
The drawing was intended to be inked over.

Level

Drawing

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