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image Adam vol.7/139

Reference number

Adam vol.7/139

Purpose

London: Parliament House (designs for). Unfinished design for an urn with a crown as finial, gadrooned top with handles on either side, and a decorated spreading base.

Aspect

Detail

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink in a contemporary hand speaker and Holds three pints and with dimensions

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1762-63

Medium and dimensions

Pen on buff paper 148 x 73

Hand

James Adam

Notes

The word 'speaker' inscribed on the drawing suggests that this design is connected with James Adam's Parliament House scheme of 1762/63. It may be compared with his drawings for a Parliamentary mace in Adam vol.7/19 and for a purse for the Great Seal in Adam vol.7/20. There are no other versions of this design amongst the silver designs in Adam volume 25.

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Drawing

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