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image Adam vol.55/161

Reference number

Adam vol.55/161

Purpose

Capriccio showing part of a six-bay elevation composed as a projecting three-bay wing composed of portico with thermal window and sculpture relief panel above, which is under a pediment. Adjoining is a three-bay entrance of columns and pilasters under a thermal window, with aedicular doorways on either side, and niches and sculpture above under a pediment.

Aspect

Elevation

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 161

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pen, grey wash 144 x 263

Hand

Robert Adam

Watermark

star in circle

Notes

This part elevation may be compared with three similar exercises in grey wash in Adam vol.55/176-78. The complicated design, with the extensive use of thermal windows, may suggest an essay inspired by Robert Adam's study of the Roman Baths, although in Adam vol.55/82 they are used effectively in what is probably a church façade. A similar composition to the elevation here is found in the courtyard pavilion in Adam vol.55/166. In volume 9 there is a more complete version of this composition (see Adam vol.9/41).

Level

Drawing

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