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image Adam vol.55/147

Reference number

Adam vol.55/147

Purpose

Unfinished capriccio showing the interior of a curved building with thermal windows and relief panels alternating in an attic storey above three-bay niches with a triumphal arch with niches containing sculpture in between.

Aspect

Perspective verso plans

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 147

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Black chalk 227 x 343

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Black chalk and pen capricci of two plans. The larger is unfinished and shows a building with rectangular spaces adjoining an oval hall with screened niches; this plan probably relates to the elevation on the recto. It is derived from a small symmetrical plan with circular hall and four rectangular spaces seen elsewhere. The small plan in pen may be compared with those on the verso of Adam vol.9/69.

Watermark

partial names

Notes

The style of the interior, which is loosely based on those of the Pantheon and Santa Maria degli Angeli in Rome, can also be found in several chalk drawings in this volume (see Adam vol.55/78, 80, 118, 143 verso and 145).

Level

Drawing

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