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image Adam vol.55/26

Reference number

Adam vol.55/26

Purpose

Capriccio showing an apsidal elevation of four niches filled with sculpture on either side of a recessed and coffered doorway with eight pilasters above, supporting a plain cornice. A detail of a doorway niche with coffering and four columns, with sketch plan below; detail of rustication.

Aspect

Elevation, plan, detailsverso details, plan (part)

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 26

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Black chalk277 x 396, folded with a vertical fold-line

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Black chalk details of a curved niche with four columns; plan below; detail of column heads adn rectangular panel; unfinished sketch of part of a plan with piers and columns; detail of metope and triglyph.

Watermark

dove on monti

Notes

The drawings for a niche on both recto and verso of the sheet relate to the chalk elevation in Adam vol.55/145; all of these drawings may relate to the oval interior shown in Adam vol.55/147. The elevation may be for a circular mausoleum-like building; it can be compared with the smaller elevation and two plans found in Adam vol.55/150, which shows the elevation as supporting some form of obelisk structure, and also with the drawing in Adam vol.9/17 verso.

Level

Drawing

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