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image Adam vol.55/151

Reference number

Adam vol.55/151

Purpose

Probably unfinished capriccio showing an asymmetrical elevation for a single-storey building with a three-bay pedimented centrepiece with segmental pedimented doorway. This is flanked by aedicular windows, and has single bays on either side, one of which is connected to an arched pavilion with plain attic storey above.

Aspect

Elevationverso plan, elevation (part)

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 151

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Black chalk104 x 197

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Black chalk capriccio showing part of a plan for a small building with circular colonnaded rooms around a square courtyard. Below is part of an elevation of a columned, domed building, which is not related to the plan and has been cropped in trimming of the sheet.

Watermark

star in circle

Notes

This pedimented elevation is perhaps the basis for the more developed pen drawing in Adam vol.55/36.

Level

Drawing

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