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image Adam vol.55/176

Reference number

Adam vol.55/176

Purpose

Unfinished capriccio showing an elevation of six bays and two stories composed as alternating arches and columned screens, separated by giant semi-engaged columns and fluted pilasters with aedicular windows below a balustrade and pulvinated and decorated frieze.

Aspect

Elevation verso elevations, plan (part), detail

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 176

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, grey wash 176 x 258

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Capricci in pen and pencil showing four elevations; two of these show two-storey buildings of five and seven bays; two others are in outline form. The two pencil elevations can be combined to produce a scheme similar to that shown on the recto. The left elevation may be compared with the palace façade in Adam vol.4/70. Also on the sheet are two details of part of a plan, and a drawing of part of a tree.

Watermark

partial names

Notes

The finished part of this elevation may be a version of the scheme shown on the verso of Adam vol.55/134.

Level

Drawing

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