Inscribed in ink in a contemporary hand River and Geo. 3d, Late King to river-side statue plinths, and Illustrous peers / Illustrous commons / 200 [dia. of central rotunda] / chancellors / 70 / speakers / 70 [dias. of their dooms]
Signed and dated
Medium and dimensions
202 x 294, folded twice vertically
Drawing in pencil of part of a plan for a portico.
dove on monti
This plan follows from that in Adam vol.7/2, with the introduction of two large circular courts for 'Illustrous' peers and commons, adjoining James Adam's proposed new chambers for each. The lateral porticoes in Adam vol.7/2 have been scaled down and theother two increased in importance. This drawing and the related elevation in Adam vol.7/4 probably belong to late 1760, that is if they were drawn in Italy. The inscribed notes 'Geo. 3d' and 'Late King' establish the date of the drawing after October 1760, George III's accession.
Repr. A. A. Tait, Robert Adam: drawings and imagination, Cambridge, 1993, p.64, fig.53; D. Stillman, English Neo-classical Architecture, 2 vols., London, 1988, vol.1, p.57, fig.9
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