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image Adam vol.55/22

Reference number

Adam vol.55/22

Purpose

Capriccio showing a large symmetrical building around an open courtyard, with a centre block of the Gigantic Order with dome above. It is flanked by spires with domed and porticoed pavilions on either side and colonnades linking to other pavilions.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 22

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pen, brown wash72 x 200, trimmed at sides

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

This drawing has been badly trimmed on the sides, removing part of the end pavilions. The unfinished drawing in Adam vol.55/65 shows a similar composition to the centre blocks here, and the whole design may be compared with the wings in the Adam palace elevation in Adam vol.28/1. There are versions of this scheme seen from a different angle in Adam vol.55/135 and 164.

Level

Drawing

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