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image Adam vol.55/128

Reference number

Adam vol.55/128

Purpose

Unfinished academic study showing a plan for an octagonal building with a central circular court with columns and niches, surrounded by alternating square and oval halls, some of which have two staircases. The main façade has a three-bay portico.

Aspect

Plan verso section, details

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 128 verso inscribed in pencil Villa. and Justiniani/ Abbe Stonor

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, black chalk 132 x 127, trimmed at base

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Capriccio in pencil and pen showing part of a section through a domed building. Also on the sheet are three drawings of a penis. Inscription: Abbé Christopher Stonor was in Rome from 1748 (see J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, pp.153, 219; also J. Ingamells, A Dictionary of British and Irish Travellers in Italy, 1701-1800, New Haven and London, 1977, p.900). The 'Villa Justiniani' presumably means the Villa Giustiniani at San Giovanni in Laterano, Italy (see I. Barsali, Ville di Roma: Lazio, Milan, 1970, p.393).

Notes

This plan is a variation of the square plan in Adam vol.55/170; there are other centralised plans of this type in volume 9 (see Adam vol.9/2, 40 and 68) and in Adam vol.2/188, which may have been drawn at a later date.

Level

Drawing

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