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image Adam vol.55/167

Reference number

Adam vol.55/167

Purpose

Capriccio showing a symmetrical nineteen-bay elevation with a projecting portico of five bays on steps, with sculpture pediment, flanked by arcading and niches with relief panels and balustrading above.

Aspect

Elevation verso perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 167

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, grey wash 87 x 157

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Pen capriccio of a portico with steps (heavily trimmed)

Notes

This composition may be compared with several exercises in volume 9 and the pencil elevation for a similar, strongly neo-classical design in Adam vol.55/17.

Level

Drawing

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