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image Adam vol.55/175

Reference number

Adam vol.55/175

Purpose

Academic study showing a symmetrical pavilion with dome on a colonnaded drum above three smaller attic domes. A four-bay concave projecting portico is flanked by aedicular windows with relief panels above, all on a stepped base.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 175

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, grey and brown washes 139 x 202

Hand

Robert Adam

Watermark

crown with horns (trimmed)

Notes

This is another exercise on the design of a symmetrical pavilion where the chalk drawing in Adam vol.55/168 attributed to Laurent-Benoít Dewez (1731-1812) was possibly the source. There is also a simplified version of this scheme in the Italian section in the Dewez drawings in the Rijksarchief, Brussels, Belgium (see Dewez 1/13). Plans that approximate these elevations can be found in the first series of volume.

Level

Drawing

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