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image Adam vol.7/166

Reference number

Adam vol.7/166

Purpose

London: Parliament House (designs for). Design for a part of a ceiling, the ceiling divided into painted panels, with notes as to the intended iconography. Sketched in to the panel on the left hand side to the left of the rosette are half figures and rinceau, either side of a candlestick.

Aspect

Plan

Inscribed

Inscribed in a contemporary hand, all in pencil, Dance of the hours & Nuptual Feast and in the corner panel East & west. In the circular panel half way up the left hand side of the drawing Dadalus forging his wings and above that Forum Minernae. In the top central panel Flight of Dadalus &, and in the panel below that, both crossed through, An Archtt brings his plan to Alexr and flight of D & Icarus. On the right hand side The Minotaur & labrynth and Mount Athos cut into a statue. The top right hand panel contains Forum Minervae

Signed and dated

  • Probably 1760

Medium and dimensions

Pencil and pen & ink on laid paper. 342 x 247

Hand

James Adam (1732 - 1794)

Notes

Omitted from A.A.Tait's catalogue and added by Stephen Astley June 2013

Level

Drawing

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