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image Adam vol.55/13

Reference number

Adam vol.55/13

Purpose

Capriccio showing a rectangular building with an apsidal entrance hall with a small, pedimented cupola and small campanile on either side. To one side of the building is a double-balustraded staircase to an open tower with a spire.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 13verso accounts in pencil with totals given as 1071/50 Zechins, 52.50 - Romains and 50.40-Veneziese

Signed and dated

Undated, possibly 1757

Medium and dimensions

Pen, brown wash106 x 204

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

In Adam vol.55/63 there is a perspective of a similar but more classical building seen from the same viewpoint, but without the exterior stairs. The interior of both compositions may be compared with the style of the drawing shown as fig.14 in Fleming op.cit. 1962, p.259, which is dated 'c. 1757', and which may have originally been part of volume 55 (see A. Rowan, Catalogues of Architectural Drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum, Robert Adam, London, 1988, pp.33, 23, and the missing drawing at Adam vol.55/33).

Literature

Rep. J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, pl.76

Level

Drawing

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