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image Adam vol.55/62

Reference number

Adam vol.55/62

Purpose

Capricci showing a plan and two elevations of a building with a circular columned hall, four porticoes contained by a series of square pavilions and linked by deep colonnades. One of the elevations shows a seven-bay portico with dome above and three-bay pedimented pavilion on either side. The other elevation shows a dome and cupola on drum with thermal windows above a projecting portico with small pavilions linked by convex colonnades.

Aspect

Plan, elevations

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 62

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pen, brown wash202 x 273

Hand

Robert Adam

Watermark

star in circle

Notes

The two elevations belong to the plan shown, and there is a pencil sketch in Adam vol.55/65 for larger of the two at the top; the lower elevation can be compared with that found in Adam vol.9/68. The courtyard plan is of the type found in several schemes in volume 9, see Adam vol.9/31 and 59.

Level

Drawing

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