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image Adam vol.55/171 extra

Reference number

Adam vol.55/171 extra

Purpose

Unfinished capriccio showing a plan of a courtyard building with colonnaded quadrants linking four pavilions with other, possibly circular pavilions at the four corners.

Aspect

Plan

Inscribed

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1757

Medium and dimensions

Black chalk 170? x 220 drawing size

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

This chalk plan is drawn directly onto one of the original pages of the album to which the collection of drawings has been mounted. There is a similar large courtyard scheme in Adam vol.55/28 and several in volume 9 (see Adam vol.9/45 recto and verso). The drawing thus appears to be contemporary with the other exercises in this and similar volumes and makes clear that the volume was acquired and used by Robert Adam for some purpose around 1757, and the drawings were inserted subsequently (see Adam vol.55/107). There is a similar instance of an additional page inserted after Adam vol.55/179, and another plan similarly drawn on the original page of the album at the start of this volume (see Adam vol.55/1 extra).
This suggests that the purpose of this volume was always to contain architectural exercises of some sort, presumably commenced in Italy around 1755.

Level

Drawing

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