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image Adam vol.54/Series 4/2

Reference number

Adam vol.54/Series 4/2

Purpose

Capriccio showing the façade of a church with three spires on top of heavily decorated towers, with a central rose window above an arcade with apsidal doorway.

Aspect

Elevation

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 2; at top of drawing in ink in Robert Adam's hand Fabrique Gotisque desinée en descendant le Rhin/ [two words crossed through] Idee prise dune Eglise sur le Cote de Dil Fleuve. 1 Decem'r 1757/ proche de Coblentz

Signed and dated

1 December 1757

Medium and dimensions

Pen156 x 133

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Part of eight lines of calculations in ink and in a contemporary hand petit gris / paul [?]

Watermark

fleur de lys

Notes

This composition is a version of the unfinished pen elevation in Adam vol.54/Series 4/6, although the design here is for a symmetrical building and incorporates classical details. This drawing is Robert Adam's only reference to the German Gothic that he saw in his passage up the Rhine, although the arcaded entrance is Romanesque rather than Gothic and may have been inspired by seeing S.Gereon in Cologne, Germany.

Literature

Repr. J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, p.243, fig.12.

Level

Drawing

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