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image Adam vol.55/177

Reference number

Adam vol.55/177

Purpose

Capriccio showing alternative forms for an elevation of two stories composed with a giant portico of three bays on steps, with coffered door behind and pediment with inscription on frieze. To one side is a three-bay wing with sculpture on balustrade, and on the other side is a five-bay wing. Beside this on the sheet is a detail of part of a four-bay plan.

Aspect

Elevations, plan (part)

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 177

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pen, grey wash104 x 187, trimmed at top

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

The elevation may be related to the plan of the music pavilion in Adam vol.55/173 verso. Lettered in ink on the attic is the inscription 'SENATUS POPULUS Q ROMANUS', which would indicate some sort of public purpose for this design. The top of the pediment has been lost in the trimming of the sheet.

Level

Drawing

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