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image Adam vol.7/115

Reference number

Adam vol.7/115

Purpose

London: Parliament House (designs for). Design for a relief panel showing a naval battle with a ship in flames amongst several other ships. In the foreground are seamen in three small boats or lifeboats cutting hawsers.

Aspect

Elevation

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1762-63

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, brown wash with white heightening on brown washed paper173 x 466

Hand

Antonio Zucchi

Notes

This is part of a set of four historical panels (Adam vol.7/114-117) that deal with aspects of British history and are by Antonio Zucchi (1726-95) for James Adam's Parliament House scheme of 1762/63. Presumably the grouping is deliberate and they all delineate important incidents in British history. This scene is probably the arrival of the fireships amongst the Spanish warships of the Armada in 1588. The ships are largely of an appropriate design for the late sixteenth century, as is the costume of the sailors.

Level

Drawing

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