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image Adam vol.7/119

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Adam vol.7/119

Purpose

London: Parliament House (designs for). Design for a relief panel showing a battle scene with mounted figures to one side, foot soldiers with a prisoner and banners on the other side. All are in early seventeenth-century costume with classical overtones.

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Notes

This drawing and the companion drawing in Adam vol.7/118 are separate from the preceding set of four panels depicting scenes of British history (see Adam vol.7/114-117). The subject here is probably a generalised battlescene and has no obviously British source. Like all similar drawings by Antonio Zucchi (1726-95) it was probably intended as part of the decoration of James Adam's Parliament House scheme of 1762/63.

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