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image Adam vol.7/106

Reference number

Adam vol.7/106

Purpose

London: Parliament House (designs for). Unfinished design, probably for a semi-circular doorhead, showing part of a lion, unicorn and a figure, with scrolling foliage. There is an Egg-and-Dart enrichment on the border.

Aspect

Elevation

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1762-63

Medium and dimensions

Pen, black chalk 150 x 270 with central vertical fold line

Hand

Antonio Zucchi (attributed to)

Watermark

Fleur de lys in double circle

Notes

This composition may have been intended to embellish the top of some large doorway in James Adam's Parliament House scheme of 1762/63. The source for the decoration can be found in similar drawings in Adam volume 26, which contains James Adam's collection of drawings after the antique (see also Adam vol.7/87).

Level

Drawing

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