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image Adam vol.55/171

Reference number

Adam vol.55/171

Purpose

Capriccio showing alternative versions of the elevation for an arched entrance. On one side is a large keystone and round-headed niche with figurative relief panel above; on the other side is a square niche with a frieze of garlands above.

Aspect

Elevations verso detail

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 171

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pen, brown and grey washes 153 x 165

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Pen sketch of deciduous trees.

Notes

The arch composition can be compared with that in Adam vol.55/162 and it is also similar to the style of other pen and grey wash exercises in this volume.

Level

Drawing

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