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image Adam vol.55/120

Reference number

Adam vol.55/120

Purpose

Academic study showing a plan of a symmetrical building with three-bay portico and an apsidal elevation with steps enclosing a series of halls of rectangular, circular and other plans. Also on the sheet is a detail of a capital and a small window.

Aspect

Plan, elevation, details verso plan, elevation, section

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 120; in chalk ten times on the recto R and A

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Black chalk and pencil 226 x 343

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Academic study in black chalk showing plan, elevation and section of part of a building with a shallow dome supported by pilasters with aedicular windows; beside this is an apsidal plan showing a double arcade flanked by two oval staircases. The building here is a version of the plan in pencil on the recto. The perspective in Adam vol.55/165 may be considered the source for these schemes.

Watermark

coat of arms

Notes

The building on the verso is a version of the plan in pencil here. There are other smaller versions of the plan in the chalk drawing on the recto at Adam vol.55/130 recto and verso, 55/142 recto and verso, and 55/121. There are similar academic exercises on this composition in volumes 7, 9 and 12. This and the other schemes referred to are variations on a plan for a type of courtyarded villa. They are possibly architectural exercises undertaken by both Robert Adam and Laurent-Benoít Dewez (1731-1812), whose corrections may be the chalk overdrawing. This formula also appears in Adam vol.55/121 and 124. A similar plan form is used for Adam's London Opera House pavilion after the 1789 fire, which is found in Adam vol.10/166.

Level

Drawing

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