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image Adam vol.54/Series 4/9

Reference number

Adam vol.54/Series 4/9

Purpose

Capriccio showing a plan and two elevations of a three-storey arcaded, circular tower with belvedere and Gothic portico of five bays on steps. The smaller elevation has a dome and Gothic cupola. Adjacent to this is a circular plan with four projecting square towers with columns between each of them.

Aspect

Elevations, plan

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 9

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1757

Medium and dimensions

Pen186 x 155

Hand

Robert Adam

Watermark

arms in two circles [part]

Notes

The Gothic tower here is similar to that in Adam vol.55/24 as well as those shown in Adam vol.54/Series 4/1 and 7. The concept of the Gothic portico may be taken from the plan in Adam vol.54/Series 4/7. The small plan on the verso of Adam vol.54/Series 4/4 may be related to the plan here. The lower elevation in Adam vol.54/Series 4/14 verso may also be compared with the dome and cupola elevation here.

Level

Drawing

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