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image Adam vol.55/18

Reference number

Adam vol.55/18

Purpose

Unfinished capriccio showing a five-storied building of square plan with corner towers, on battered and rusticated basement with a five-bay façade above with pediment containing sculpture above a thermal window. A steep Gothic dome, topped by a spire is flanked by further spires.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 18

Signed and dated

Undated, possibly 1757

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen253 x 218

Hand

Robert Adam

Watermark

dove on monti

Notes

The mixture of classical and Gothic forms in this drawing is typical of the drawings in the Gothic section of Adam volume 54/Series 4/1-15 that date from 1757, and can also be found in this volume in the unfinished pencil design in 55/20 and the tower in 55/24. The pencil details in this drawing that are un-inked indicate a more Gothic structure than that shown in ink.

Level

Drawing

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