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image Adam vol.55/129

Reference number

Adam vol.55/129

Purpose

Capriccio showing a symmetrical elevation of a three-bay portico on steps, with coffered niches on either side. Above are small round, shallow-domed towers, between which is a larger stepped dome.

Aspect

Elevation

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 129

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pen, grey wash 126 x 121

Hand

Robert Adam

Watermark

partial coat of arms

Notes

This drawing is similar to the lower elevation in Adam vol.55/122; the use of pen and grey wash in both is typical of the style of Laurent-Benoít Dewez (1731-1812), which Robert Adam may be following in these designs. The use of slight corner towers also appears in several compositions in volume 9 (see Adam vol.9/152 verso). The drawing may be compared with the lower elevation in Adam vol.55/139.

Level

Drawing

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