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image Adam vol.55/163

Reference number

Adam vol.55/163

Purpose

Capriccio showing an outline for a large, complex building of five stories with a variety of windows and niches, culminating in twin domes linked by a colonnade. It is entered by an aedicular archway in a series of projecting and recessing façades.

Aspect

Elevation

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 163

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1757

Medium and dimensions

Black chalk 113 x 270

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

This chalk drawing can probably be associated with several schemes for Robert Adam's vast and monumental palace design of 1757 in Adam vol.28/1; there are similar although larger, drawings for this scheme in Adam vol.9/110, vol.10/14 verso and vol.21/40. There are also hints of this scheme in Adam vol.55/12 and 49.

Level

Drawing

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