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image Adam vol.55/10

Reference number

Adam vol.55/10

Purpose

Capriccio showing plan and elevation for a seven-bay symmetrical building with rusticated ground storey, having three doorways with steps and three-bay portico. Above is an arcade with domes at either end, another storey and domed cupola. Below the elevation is a plan showing three large halls with a triple exedra at one end.

Aspect

Plan, elevation

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 10

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, brown wash311 x 222

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

The plan is more typical of those found frequently in Adam volume 9, see Adam vol.9/50, which has much the same composition. Both these plans can be also be related to Adam vol.55/130, and this situation suggests that the separation between volume 55 and volume 9 is an arbitrary one. The elevation is of the same composition as found in Adam vol.55/11. This drawing belongs with Adam vol.55/10, 11 and 14 as a small group of symmetrical elevations with wings and a domed centre block.

Level

Drawing

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