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image Adam vol.55/181

Reference number

Adam vol.55/181

Purpose

Capriccio showing a three-bay two-storey elevation with pediment above three windows divided by pilasters above a three-bay recessed portico with thermal window. It is flanked by round-headed doorways with rectangular panels above. On one side are three further bays. Below is a plan of columns.

Aspect

Elevation, plan

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 181

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen 121 x 161

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

The three-bay wing that is drawn faintly in pencil is perhaps an alternative suggestion, rather than this composition being an exercise in the asymmetrical (see Adam vol.55/149). The whole composition may have been intended to be inked over.

Level

Drawing

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