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image Adam vol.55/23

Reference number

Adam vol.55/23

Purpose

Capriccio showing a symmetrical building with an aedicular doorway approached by double stairs with niches on either side, and projecting single bays with a pediment, possibly of wood, and cupola. Behind this is a battlemented tower with coffered and columned niche.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 23

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1757

Medium and dimensions

Pen, brown wash119 x 133

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

The remarkable combination of classical and Gothic forms in this drawing relate it to drawings in the Gothic section in Adam volume 54, which suggests a date of 1757. The design can be compared with the Gothic tower in Adam vol.55/24, and in the mix of Gothic and classical style with Adam vol.55/16 and 18.

Level

Drawing

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