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image Adam vol.55/24

Reference number

Adam vol.55/24

Purpose

Capriccio showing an elevation of a circular Gothic tower on steps and arcade with quatrefoil and gable decoration above, with battlements and turrets, and a brazier or cupola on top.

Aspect

Elevation

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 24

Signed and dated

Undated, possibly 1757

Medium and dimensions

Pen, brown wash 154 x 53

Notes

The Gothic style of this composition may be compared with Adam vol.55/20 and the drawings in the Gothic section of Adam volume 54, particularly Adam vol.54/Series 4/9. According to Fleming, the design can be dated to 1757 (see Fleming, op.cit., 1962, caption to pl.75; see also Adam vol.55/4 and 13). The invention here is the Gothic counterpart of the classical composition in Adam vol.55/150.
In terms of the development of the Adam style, this drawing can be seen as a source for the Brislee Tower, Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, of 1778.

Literature

Rep. J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, pl.75.

Level

Drawing

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