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image Adam vol.55/121

Reference number

Adam vol.55/121

Purpose

Academy study showing a symmetrical plan of a four-bay portico leading into a rectangular hall, with columns and dome, with courtyards to either side and two double staircases opening to a projecting apse of columns and piers.

Aspect

Plan

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 121

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, black and red chalk 223 x 204, trimmed at top

Hand

Robert Adam

Watermark

list of partial names

Notes

The plan here is a development of those in Adam vol.55/120; it overlays a plan in pencil of a saltire form also seen in Adam vol.9/8 and 39. There is overdrawing in ink and red chalk, of which the latter may possibly be a correction or compositional suggestion by Laurent-Benoít Dewez (1731-1812); a similar instance of this may be found in 55/124 where a portico has been added to the design.

Level

Drawing

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