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image Adam vol.55/47

Reference number

Adam vol.55/47

Purpose

Unfinished capricci showing two related buildings, one circular having columns and attic with round-headed entrance and an open interior, and the other having an apsidal entrance of three bays with aedicular windows on either side and a pediment above, with a wing to one side.

Aspect

Perspectives

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 47

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pen110 x 139

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

In Adam vol.55/146 recto and verso there is a similar circular building. Both buildings may be connected with the courtyard compositions shown in Adam vol.55/42 and 43, the latter of which employs the same bird's-eye technique as found here and which is unusual for Robert Adam. It is seen elsewhere in his drawings for the rebuilding of Lisbon, Portugal in Adam volume 9 (see Adam vol.9/56), and it may indicate the influence of Laurent-Benoít Dewez (1731-1812).

Level

Drawing

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