Signed and dated
Undated, probably 1760
Medium and dimensions
Pen, black chalk
207 x 295, folded four times, vertically
Pen and black chalk plan for a building composed of portico, rectangular hall with niches and screen, with three circular halls adjoining. This plan is probably a related scheme to that on the recto and the use of large circular spaces would suggest an early version of the design in Adam vol.7/3; it may have been sketched out before James Adam left London in 1760. Beside this are details of a courtyard plan.
The elevation here is based on the plan in Adam vol.7/3, and like that drawing it was probably executed in late 1760. The use of relief sculpture panels is characteristic of the Roman designs of both Robert and James Adam, but is absent in James Adam's ultimate designfor the Parliament House of 1763 (see A. A. Tait, Robert Adam: drawings and imagination, Cambridge, 1993, p.63, fig.52).
Repr. A. A. Tait, Robert Adam: drawings and imagination, Cambridge, 1993, p.65, fig.54; D. Stillman, English Neo-classical Architecture, 2 vols., London, 1988, vol.1, p.58, fig.11
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