Inscribed in ink on drawing 37; and in a contemporary hand . . . io prezzano lo Studio delle Scienze, non dovrebbeno dispr / nello delle Lingue. Gli Studii danno fastidio ma/ ordinariamente recompensato da onore e dei lodi verso inscribed in ink in a contemporary hand Un Cote du Temple D'Adam en Ecosse. Also part of a note in ink Lorenzo ed Damasco/ Nella Chiesa Lul.../Una a Mano Manca/ Capella Corsini de Galilei/ Architetto
Signed and dated
Undated, probably 1755 - 57
Medium and dimensions
Pen180 x 158
Academic study for a section through three bays with central coffered, round-headed niche, flanked by aedicules filled with an urn and bust, with pilasters between, and coffered and compartmented dome above. This is a section through a proposed design for the Adam Mausoleum in Scotland and is a variant of a similar section shown in Adam vol.55/38 and the elevation in 55/39. In Adam vol.56/2 there is a view by Robert Adam of the Mausoleum in Greyfriars' Churchyard, Edinburgh that was completed in October 1755; there is also a pencil drawing for the 'Adamian Sepulchre' in the Blair Adam Collection (BA 201); both predate the scheme shown here, which is probably 1756-57. The other inscription refers to the Corsini Chapel in San Giovanni in Laterano, Italy, of 1732-5 by Alessandro Galilei (1691-1737). It is one of the few documented instances of Adam's interest in contemporary architecture.
The very small plans, elevation and section are similar to studies in Adam volume 9 and were probably made at the same time as those attributed to Laurent Benoít Dewez, see particularly Adam vol.9/69 recto and verso.
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