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image Adam vol.54/Series 4/5

Reference number

Adam vol.54/Series 4/5

Purpose

Unfinished gothic capriccio showing an ecclesiastical three-storey building with statues in niches on either side of the entrance, above which is a tri-partite window with rose and quatrefoils above. An arcade of three bays is adjoins the entrance facade.

Aspect

Elevationverso diagrams

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 5

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1757

Medium and dimensions

Pencil125 x 101

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Small pencil diagrams.

Watermark

circle [part]

Notes

This composition is in the style of the rich Gothic façade of Adam vol.54/Series 4/2, and there are similar essays, also in pencil and similarly small in scale, in Adam vol.54/Series 4/7 and 10. All may have been done on small scraps of paper, perhaps odds and ends that came to hand as Robert Adam travelled north along the Rhine in the autumn of 1757. The remains of the watermark on this sheet indicate it is probably the same as that in Adam vol.54/Series 4/1 that shows a figure in a circle.

Level

Drawing

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