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image Adam vol.55/96

Reference number

Adam vol.55/96

Purpose

Capriccio showing an archway with imposts set in a rough wall or cliff with inscription panel, leading to a domed hall with coffering and oculus. Supporting the dome are columns between niches.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 96

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pen135 x 172

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Pencil lines.

Notes

This composition belongs with the group of drawings in Adam vol.55/90-107, which are concerned more with pictorial than architectural values. It may be compared with the unfinished pen and wash archway in Adam vol.55/162, which is possibly by Laurent-Benoít Dewez (1731-1812). A similar composition of a triumphal arch set in some form of steep bank is found on the verso of Adam vol.55/99.

Level

Drawing

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