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image Adam vol.55/82

Reference number

Adam vol.55/82

Purpose

Unfinished capriccio showing the centre section of a three-bay façade with a thermal window, relief panel and pediment above and another window with pediment and balustrade below a columned cupola. It is flanked on one side with an aedicular window on a basement, above a thermal window with relief panel.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 82; in ink in a contemporary hand full of / -- on -- / for third of the windo / for the Sette Sale

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pen, brown wash216 x 195, silhouetted and laid onto backing sheet

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

This is a companion to the elevation in pen and grey wash in Adam vol.55/161, which has the same compositional elements of thermal windows and columns. The rather delicate draughtsmanship here probably reflects the influence on Robert Adam of Laurent-Benoít Dewez (1731-1812). The drawing has been trimmed around the outline of the cupola and structure below, a practice demonstrated notably in Adam vol.56/172.

Level

Drawing

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