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image Adam vol.55/138

Reference number

Adam vol.55/138

Purpose

Capriccio showing a longitudinal plan with a five-bay entrance portico between circular rooms, with a screen of columns leading to a hall with an apsidal end. Off this are three large niches.

Aspect

Plan verso elevation

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 138

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pen 182 x 145

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Unfinished capriccio in pen showing an elevation of possibly a triumphal arch with coved apse in a five-bay screen, with a flanking bay. This is a variation of the drawing in Adam vol.55/136 verso in both its subject and the technique of dense ink-hatching.

Notes

This plan is similar in character to that in Adam vol.55/132 and to the larger longitudinal plan in Adam vol.55/126. Like Adam vol.55/137, the somewhat basic nature of this composition and its lack of detail suggest it is an academic exercise.

Level

Drawing

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