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image Adam vol.55/88

Reference number

Adam vol.55/88

Purpose

Capriccio showing a shallow, stepped, domed building with pediment; in front is a screen of columns and aedicular niches, with attic relief panels linked to three-bay pavilions with pediments.

Aspect

Elevation

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 88

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, brown and grey washes146 x 213

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

The form of composition shown here, where one elevation is partially obscured by another, was typical of the more advanced designs associated with the Concorso Clementino. This can be seen in spectacular fashion in the prize-winning design by Robert Mylne (1734-1811) for the 1758 Concorso (see D. Stillman, English Neo-classical Architecture, 2 vols., London, 1988, I, p.55), and in Robert Adam's palace scheme of 1757 in Adam vol.28/1. There are similar schemes to the composition shown here in volume 9, see particularly Adam vol.9/166-8.

Literature

Rep. A. A. Tait, Robert Adam, The Creative Mind: from the sketch to the finished drawing, catalogue of an exhibition at Sir John Soane's Museum, London, London, 1996, p.22

Level

Drawing

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