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image Adam vol.55/156

Reference number

Adam vol.55/156

Purpose

Capriccio showing an alternative plan and perspective of a three-bay sculpture-filled pedimented building on steps with apsidal doorway with aedicular niches in arched openings. The plan shows symmetrical spaces with columned quadrants linked to alternative designs for pavilions.

Aspect

Plan, perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 156

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pen, grey wash 322 x 224

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Outline plan in black chalk of a courtyard with a central niche at the top, cropped when the sheet was trimmed.

Watermark

bird on monti

Notes

The view is similar in style and draughtsmanship to the pedimented façade in Adam vol.55/23; the plan matches the elevation above. The quadrant elevation is probably that shown in Adam vol.55/165.

Level

Drawing

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