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image Adam vol.55/29

Reference number

Adam vol.55/29

Purpose

Unfinished capriccio for an elevation showing a three-bay centre of a pediment on giant columns, with central round-headed doorway and aedicular window above. It is flanked by three-bay columns with segmental windows above.

Aspect

Elevationverso plans

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 29

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Black chalk132 x 227, trimmed at right hand edge

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Capricci in black chalk showing two small plans of Greek Cross form, with columned interiors; they may be compared with the plan in Adam vol.9/16.

Notes

The apparent asymmetry of the elevation is probably due to the cropping of the sheet when it was mounted in this volume. In this respect it can be compared with Adam vol.55/15, which suffered similar cropping, although another part-elevation in Adam vol.55/36 is similarly asymmetrical but by design. The drawing may show another variation of the entrance for the scheme in Adam vol.55/28.

Level

Drawing

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