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image Adam vol.7/102

Reference number

Adam vol.7/102

Purpose

London: Parliament House (designs for). Unfinished design showing one half of a chimneypiece, with the royal arms as a pediment supported by a caryatid figure on a base as a side jamb.

Aspect

Elevation

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1762-63

Medium and dimensions

Black chalk179 x 196

Hand

George Richardson (attributed to)

Notes

This chimneypiece was probably intended for the royal apartments in James Adam's Parliament House scheme of 1762/63; there is another sketch for it in Adam vol.7/68 verso. The style of draughtsmanship here is similar to that found in Adam vol.7/94, attributed to George Richardson (d. c.1813).The chimneypieces proposed for George III at Buckingham Palace of 1761 are simpler compositions (see Adam vol.22/56-58), although Adam vol.22/58 has the iconographic forms of lion and unicorn on the frieze.

Level

Drawing

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