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Designing a Career: Ornament and Invention in Antonio Zucchi's Portrait of James Adam

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In order to help protect the health of our staff and visitors during this difficult time, we have closed all of our Galleries.

Scottish National Gallery Hawthornden Lecture Theatre
  • Tuesday 31 March, 6.30-8.30pm
£ 14.00


This event has been postponed. Ticket holders will be contacted directly. For more information, please contact [email protected]


The National Galleries of Scotland and the V&A have recently acquired Antonio Zucchi's portrait of the Scottish architect and designer James Adam, born in 1732. The painting has an astonishing wealth of detail and richness of treatment and it stands out as one of the most ambitious surviving images of an 18th-century professional during their 'grand tour' of Italy. In this lecture, National Galleries of Scotland senior curator Dr Lucinda Lax uncovers the fascinating story behind its creation, exploring how the picture was intended to help Adam forge a career in the fiercely competitive world of 18th-century architectural practice.

Antonio Zucchi James Adam, 1732 - 1794. Architect and designer 1763
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