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image Adam vol.7/107

Reference number

Adam vol.7/107

Purpose

Unfinished design for a triumphal chariot showing a driving platform decorated with garlands and urns, mounted on two spoked wheels of different sizes.

Aspect

Elevation verso elevation

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1762-63

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil on grey paper 163 x 200

Hand

James Adam, Office of

Verso

Unfinished sketch in black chalk showing part of a panel of arabesque decoration.

Notes

This design is for the triumphal car shown in the Quadriga drawing in Adam vol.7/36, and in less finished form in Adam vol.7/73. It may have been inspired by a print from the series of tempera paintings by Andrea Mantegna (c.1431-1506) of the Triumphs of Caesar. Some form of chariot appears on the apex of the entrance pediment in the elevation for James Adam's Parliament House scheme of 1762/3 (see Adam vol.28/2).

Level

Drawing

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