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image Adam vol.55/17

Reference number

Adam vol.55/17

Purpose

Capriccio showing an elevation and unfinished plan for a large building with three-bay pedimented portico with colonnades on either side, terminated on one side by a domed pavilion. Above are balustrades with sculpture, adn a shallow dome and cupola. The unfinished plan shows an octagon with diagonal wings in a a square courtyard.

Aspect

Elevation, planverso perspective, detail

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 17

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, black chalk202 x 195

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Capriccio in black chalk showing a view of a colonnaded building, which can be compared with Adam vol.55/72; unfinished drawing of a seated figure.

Watermark

two lines of letters

Notes

The plan is similar to that in Adam vol.55/14 and the elevation to that in 55/19. The small-scale chalk drawing is typical of numerous elevations found in Adam volume 9. The plan may be compared to Adam vol.9/37.

Level

Drawing

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