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image Adam vol.55/84

Reference number

Adam vol.55/84

Purpose

Capriccio showing a very large group of buildings with statues on columns in a park-like setting. On the right is a rectangular structure with drum, dome and cupolas above a balustrade, with towers and a round-headed archway with a smaller dome above a three-bay portico at the centre of the adjoining elevation.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 84

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pen, grey and brown washes106 x 273

Hand

Robert Adam

Watermark

grapes

Notes

There are several versions of this type of scheme in volume 55, such as Adam vol.55/164, which has a similar composition with the portico elevation in greater detail, and the adjoining buildings. Both of these drawings can be related to the chalk and wash scheme in 55/135 and to the vast palace elevation dating from 1757 in Adam vol.28/1.

Level

Drawing

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