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image Adam vol.7/101

Reference number

Adam vol.7/101

Purpose

Unfinished design showing two leaves of a door of ten panels, each of alternating large and small rectangles. The bottom right panel is shown with Guilloche decoration.

Aspect

Elevation

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1762-63

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil 350 x 182

Hand

James Adam, Office of

Notes

This drawing shows a larger version of the door in the basement area of James Adam's Parliament House scheme of 1762/63 shown in Adam vol.7/93. There is also an alternative door with different panels in Adam vol.7/82. All may be derived from the bronze doors of the Pantheon in Rome. There were several studies of the Pantheon doors amongst the collection of Albani drawings that James Adam (see Campbell 2004, II, p.513).

Level

Drawing

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