Monday, 28 March 2016

Michael Henry Spang and Robert Adam

Spang - Architectural Sculpture for Robert Adam.
Screen to the Admiralty, Whitehall.
Drawing of the Admiralty Screen from the Adam Offices
Agostino Brunias c. 1760.
It would appear that the statuary was never introduced into the screen
Adam produced individual drawings for engraving and sale. This was done in the case of the Admiralty Screen, his first executed public commission in London, of which he was apparently exceedingly proud. Thomas Ripley’s Admiralty was built in 1723-26, but its boundary wall was demolished for street widening in 1759, prompting Adam’s commission to build a screen. This view by the Adam office draughtsman, Agostino Brunias, was made for publication, and shows the Screen as executed, albeit with additional sculptural ornament. There is evidence that the sheet was folded four times, most likely when it was sent to Francis Patton to be engraved for publication.
The Admiralty Screen engravings were sold from February 1761 at Andrew Millar’s bookshop on the Strand for 2s.6d. -
Adam Office Drawings.
Soane Museum
Drawing from The Adam Office
Government Art Collection.
Adam Office Drawing Soane Museum
Details from the Admiralty Screen designed by Robert Adam and executed by Spang.
Design for the Monument to James Thomson
Office of Robert Adam.
Soane Museum.
 James Thomson
Monument to the poet James Thomson
Westminster Abbey
Dated 1762.
Designed by Robert Adam and executed by Spang.
James Thomson, by Unknown artist, after 1748 - NPG 4896 - © National Portrait Gallery, London
James Thomson
Anonymous Marble Relief
533 x457 mm
It is incised Scotland gave me birth / England a Grave / I Sung the Seasons.
Collections: bought, 1972, through David Peel and Co, Christie's, 20 June, lot 197; from the collection of A.G. Kilroy, previous history unknown.
© National Portrait Gallery, London

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