Inscribed in ink on drawing 174
Signed and dated
Undated, probably 1756 - 57
Medium and dimensions
Pencil, pen, grey wash
124 x 171
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).
Rep. J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, pl.70.
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