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image Adam vol.55/174

Reference number

Adam vol.55/174

Purpose

Academic study showing a symmetrical pavilion with stepped dome on drum above a coffered and apsidal entrance on steps, between single-bay projecting wings. These are linked by a three-bay colonnade to projecting single-bays with sculpture above.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 174

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1756 - 57

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, grey wash 124 x 171

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

According to Fleming, this is a 'Design for temple or public building'; he dates the drawing 1756-7, and describes it as an example of his [Robert Adam's] recent architectural drawings '... recalling the work of his French contemporaries in Rome, notably Marie-Jean Peyre, whom he probably knew though he never mentions him in his letters...' (J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, p.229). The drawing, and the pencil under-drawing, may be another example of the exercises in which Laurent-Benoít Dewez (1731-1812) participated based on the design attributed to him in Adam vol.55/168, although it may perhaps be closer to 55/170. There is a version of this composition, without the sculptural figures, in the Italian section in the Dewez drawings in the Rijksarchief, Brussels, Belgium (see Dewez 1/13).

Literature

Rep. J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, pl.70.

Level

Drawing

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