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image Adam vol.55/122

Reference number

Adam vol.55/122

Purpose

Academic study showing a plan and elevation of a symmetrical longitudinal building with arcaded elevations enclosing a columned circular hall and other halls. Also on the sheet is an elevation of three bays with coved apsidal entrance, with niches on either side, and a shallow dome above. Below this is part of a plan of a large portico.

Aspect

Plans, elevations verso plan, elevation

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 122

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pen, grey wash 160 x 113

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Academic study in pen showing an elevation of a three-bay portico with three sculptures on pedestals in front and part of an adjoining colonnade. Also on the sheet is a plan of a portico and colonnade to the elevation.

Watermark

star in circle

Notes

The use of pen and grey wash in this drawing is typical of the style of Laurent-Benoít Dewez (1731-1812), which Robert Adam is probably following in this design. Similar versions of this plan can be found in academic compositionsin volume 9, and also in Adam vol.55/126, 127 and 137. The elevation has been added later so that the elevation of the dome overlapsthe lower part of the plan.

Level

Drawing

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