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image Adam vol.55/172

Reference number

Adam vol.55/172

Purpose

Capricci showing two elevations, a detail of a cupola, and part of a plan for a three-bay entrance portico. Below one elevation has five bays with three-bay portico, sculpture on attic storey and shallow dome. The other elevation shows a three-bay façade with columns and a projecting portico of two bays to one side.

Aspect

Elevations, plan (part) verso plans, details

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 172; in a contemporary hand in ink 3/5 and in pencil on time

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Black chalk 182 x 223

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Capricci in pen and black chalk showing three plans, one trimmed, and three grotesque faces, one pornographic. The largest of the plans is for an apse with columns and two bays of vaulting.

Notes

The two elevations can be compared with several capricci in this volume: that with the small five-bay pavilion with Adam vol.55/129, and the other, to which the plan relates, with 55/153.

Level

Drawing

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