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image Adam vol.55/39

Reference number

Adam vol.55/39

Purpose

Edinburgh, Greyfriars churchyad. Academic study for the elevation of a small building with three projecting pedimented porticoes on steps, linked by colonnades, with windows above in the drum of a shallow stepped dome with oculus.

Aspect

Elevation

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 39

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1756 - 57

Medium and dimensions

Pen105 x 154

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

This elevation can be related to the sections through the Adam Mausoleum in Edinburgh, Scotland shown in Adam vol.55/37 and 38; the drawing in 55/36 is possibly a detail of the three-bay entrance.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.

Level

Drawing

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