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image Adam vol.55/131

Reference number

Adam vol.55/131

Purpose

Unfinished academic study showing a plan with a concave entrance portico of five bays on concave steps, opening into a hall with three-bay screens at either end, beyond which is another oval hall with columns and niches and two curved staircases.

Aspect

Plan verso perspective, plans or diagrams, mostly trimmed

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 131

Signed and dated

Undated, 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen 160 x 178

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Capriccio in pencil and pen showing a landscape with trees and buildings partly cropped by trimming of sheet. Also on the sheet are diagrams or a plan.

Notes

This composition may be compared with that in Adam vol.55/124 and 132; these drawings are all part of a group of pavilion exercises. The ink hatched plan is an overdrawn reworking and variation of the pencil scheme, as can also be seen in Adam vol.55/121 and 125.

Level

Drawing

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