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image Adam vol.55/45

Reference number

Adam vol.55/45

Purpose

Capriccio showing a triumphal arch with attic surmounted by sculpture, and three-storied columned towers on either side with sculpture on top. It is all on steps with two obelisks and has a surrounding arcade with a pavilion. Above is an unfinished sketch plan of a rectangular building of pavilions with steps.

Aspect

Perspective, plan (part)verso elevation, details, section

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 45

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pen180 x 309

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Unfinished capriccio in pencil for an elevation of a five-bay portico on steps with pediment and shallow stepped dome above, linked by five bays to part of a pavilion with columns and pediment; this elevation is a version of that found in Adam vol.55/46. Also on the sheet is the detail of an arch-head with small towers on either side, with a detail of a section through the lower part of a dome.

Notes

The central section is similar to the composition shown in Adam vol.55/41. The unfinished plan is unrelated to this design.

Level

Drawing

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