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image Adam vol.55/53

Reference number

Adam vol.55/53

Purpose

Unfinished capriccio showing an elevation of five bays with a three-bay pedimented portico with coffered and apsidal doorway on steps and attic storey above. There is one small wing of three niches containing sculpture with an inscription panel below.

Aspect

Elevation

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 53

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil120 x 226

Hand

Robert Adam

Watermark

horned crown [part]

Notes

Unlike most of the compositions in this volume, this unfinished drawing has been formally set out to scale and with pencil guidelines. As a result it may be compared with several of the plans found in volume 9, see particularly Adam vol.9/7-12. Like Adam vol.55/52, the style of this elevation can be compared to the elevation at the top of Adam vol.55/140.

Level

Drawing

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