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image Adam vol.55/90

Reference number

Adam vol.55/90

Purpose

Capriccio showing the interior of a ruined and overgrown domed hall, with coffered vaults supported by four columns between which are alternating niches of round and pedimented heads.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 90

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pen133 x 181

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

There are several exercises of this sort with alternating openings under a dome, see Adam vol.55/91, 94, 103 and 147. The drawing is similar in composition and draughtsmanship to 55/91, and both can be compared with the interior view in 55/94. The rather artless device of the diagonal line with hatching to indicate shadow is also found in Adam vol.55/87, 95 and 105.

Level

Drawing

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