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image Adam vol.55/52

Reference number

Adam vol.55/52

Purpose

Capriccio showing a small asymmetrical building with a three-bay portico on steps, with pediment, dome and cupola above. To one side is a similar domed and pedimented wing of five bays.

Aspect

Elevation

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 52verso series of domestic accounts in pencil in a contemporary hand:a L'huilie our 2 fervie jusque au 6 inelu -00-70-pour du caffée 00-40pour des pinfeau 03pour des plumes 00 10pour de L'huile 15a L huylie du 6 au 9 inelu mardi 30Le e[?] pour une chef a la valle[valise?] 1-50La l huilie jusque au 11 a midi jeudi 0-30A L huilie Le vendredi 0-10A L huilie Samedi 0-20Le dimanche ----- 0-20Leundi 0-20a huile jusque au jeudi a midi 0-40a [?] jusque au dimanche a midi inclu 0-20pour une tabatier de papie mache 1-10

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pen165 x 206

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Domestic accounts for February, written in French, principally detailing the consumption of oil but including reference to pens (des plumes) and a snuff box of papier mâché. The hand is likely to be that of a French servant employed by Robert Adam rather than either Charles-Louis Clérisseau or Laurent-Benoít Dewez.

Notes

The style of the pavilion is similar to the elevation at the top of Adam vol.55/140 and to the larger compositions in Adam vol.55/34 and 35; in its asymmetrical form it can be compared to 55/29 and 55/36. There is another group of similar small pavilions in volume 9, see Adam vol.9/159 - 171, Fourth Series, 'Sketches of Temples' made after Robert Adam's return to England in 1758.

Level

Drawing

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