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image Adam vol.55/158

Reference number

Adam vol.55/158

Purpose

Capriccio showing an elevation composed of a recessed five-bay portico with sculpture attic panels, with alternative three-bay pavilions on either side. One has niches and relief panels and the other has the same in aedicular form, both with pitched roofs.

Aspect

Elevation verso elevation

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 158

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Chalk, pen, brown and grey washes 105 x 221

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Capriccio in pen and black chalk showing part of the interior [?] of a three-bay building with coupled columns supporting a coved ceiling with small windows (trimmed). Also on the sheet is part of an arch.

Notes

This drawing, like that in Adam vol.55/157, uses a technique where the wash is deliberately applied before the ink has dried and blurring occurs as a result. It can also be found in volume 9 (see Adam vol.9/34 and 40).

Level

Drawing

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