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image Adam vol.7/140

Reference number

Adam vol.7/140

Purpose

London: Parliament House (designs for). Design for an urn with finial and two handles terminated in figures; the centre is decorated with four classical figures in relief; it is set on a spreading base.

Aspect

Detail

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink in a contemporary hand M.r Pit to the King

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1762/63

Medium and dimensions

Pen on buff paper 150 x 72

Hand

James Adam

Notes

This drawing is a companion to Adam vol.7/139 and can likewise be connected to James Adam's Parliament House scheme of 1762/63. The inscription may refer to William Pitt (1708-78), the politician, who became Earl of Chatham in 1766. However, there is another Pitts who was a contemporary silversmith associated with the Adam Office (see R. Rowe, Adam Silver, London, 1965, pp.43-4). The King is George III who ascended to the throne in 1760. There are no other versions of this design amongst the silver designs in Adam volume 25.

This drawing was lent to the exhibition The Classical Ideal, English Silver 1760 - 1840, Koopman Rare Art, London, 3 - 25 June 2010

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Drawing

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