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image Adam vol.54/Series 4/11

Reference number

Adam vol.54/Series 4/11

Purpose

Capricci showing three elevations, two of which are unfinished. The largest shows the tower and entrance façade of a Gothic church with a wing to one side with a short spire. Beside this is an elevation of a classical building with three-bay centre of the Giant Order, shallow dome and linked pavilions. Below is an elevation of a domed building with several pediments and three-bay entrance with thermal window above.

Aspect

Elevationsverso elevations

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 11

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1757

Medium and dimensions

Pen169 x 264

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Capricci in pen showing two parts of elevations of a Gothic building, one showing the short spire and heavy fret and crocket work, the other showing the lower part of an elevation of five bays in the same Gothic style. The details are in the style of the building shown in Adam vol.54/Series 4/6 particularly the top part of the central tower.

Watermark

GR and crown

Notes

The tower elevation can be compared with those in Adam vol.54/Series 4/7 and 10. The two large classical compositions are also capricci (see Adam vol.54/Series 6/189).

Level

Drawing

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