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image Adam vol.55/135

Reference number

Adam vol.55/135

Purpose

Capricci showing a domed building with projecting three-bay portico on steps, linked by colonnades to U-shaped pavilions with small domes and recessed centres. To one side are other buildings. Below on the sheet is an unfinished symmetrical plan of a central columned hall with curved staircases on either side and apsidal ends.

Aspect

Perspective, planverso elevation, plan (part)

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 135

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Black chalk, grey wash220 x 202

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Capriccio in black chalk showing an elevation of a nine-bay building of one storey with attic and pediment with a shallow stepped dome. This elevation is similar to that in Adam vol.55/120 verso and 142 verso. Above this is part of a related plan.

Notes

The plan, which is unrelated to the perspective, is a variation of those shown in Adam vol.55/121 and 124. The pavilion in the perspective view can be compared with the more finished elevation in Adam vol.55/141. There is a version of the whole scheme seen from a different angle in Adam vol.55/22 and 164.

Level

Drawing

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