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image Adam vol.7/116

Reference number

Adam vol.7/116

Purpose

London: Parliament House (designs for). Design for a relief panel showing a queen on a canopied dais, with a lion on one side and unicorn on the other. A figure is offering her the crown and sceptre, surrounded by other courtiers and soldiers, all in early seventeenth-century dress.

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, which shows the queen refusing the crown, may be related to that depicted in Adam vol.7/114 in which Queen Philippa, wife of Edward III, is shown receiving the surrender of Calais in 1347.

Level

Drawing

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