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image Adam vol.54/Series 7/243

Reference number

Adam vol.54/Series 7/243


London: Parliament House (designs for). Unfinished drawing showing the badge of the Order of the Thistle.



Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably c.1762-63

Medium and dimensions

Black chalk127 x 122


James Adam


In the opinion of A. A. Tait, this drawing relates in time and place or subject to those contained in Adam volume 7.This is probably an unfinished version of part of the drawing in Adam vol.7/85 by James Adam and can be dated to his Roman period of c.1762/63. These drawings may be associated with James Adam's Parliament House scheme of 1762/63.



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