Inscribed in ink in a later hand a chair on other side
Signed and dated
Undated, probably 1762-63
Medium and dimensions
Pen, grey wash, black chalk with brush try-outs in upper left
265 x 400
James Adam, Office of
Design in black and brown chalks for a baldacchino showing a detail for the top of the canopy, the throne and a view of canopy and throne on steps; details of decoration. This shows clearly how the throne was to be placed below the baldacchino. The inspiration for his design lay in examples found in numerous Roman churches, of which the baroque baldacchino for St Peter's by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) was the most notable, and that for Santa Maria Maggiore of c.1743 by Ferdinando Fuga (1699-1782) the most contemporary. The baldacchino is also shown in Adam vol.7/70 and there is another throne design on the verso of Adam vol.7/210. The leg details may be compared with those in Adam vol.7/97 verso.
All these drawings and sketches on both recto and verso are connected with James Adam's Parliament House scheme of 1762/63. The part of the portico at the lower part of the sheet is a sketch for the elevation in Adam vol.7/77.
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