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image Adam vol.55/124

Reference number

Adam vol.55/124

Purpose

Academic study showing a plan of a large symmetrical building with central square court, pairs of staircases at either end, and surrounding halls. A recessed entrance is on one elevation and on the other is an advanced three-bay portico.

Aspect

Plan verso elevation, plan [part]

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 124

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pencil 253 x 206

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Academic study in pencil showing an elevation of three bays with two niches and a window separated by pilasters; also part of a plan of a quadrant with corner pavilions, which has been considerably reworked. Like the drawings on the recto, this is one of several related academic studies; the elevational detail is similar to drawings on the verso of Adam vol.55/120.

Watermark

horned crown

Notes

This drawing and that on the verso are part of several related academic studies; the roughly drawn portico at the top of the plan here is probably an addition, which may have been suggested by Laurent-Benoít Dewez (1731-1812). The plan is a variation of that found in Adam vol.55/121 and it also appears in other versions in 55/132 and 135.

Level

Drawing

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