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image Adam vol.7/16

Reference number

Adam vol.7/16

Purpose

Design showing the entrance elevation of a small two-storey house, with three bays and a pedimented doorway, with single-bay pavilions each side linked by three-bay arcading; it is set in a landscape with trees. Above are two plans showing a central staircase.

Aspect

Plans and elevation

Inscribed

verso Inscribed in ink in a contemporary hand Cardinal Richelieu / Commonwealth / The Fort George Ravelin / umpire / 1749 / Alex Postle.

Signed and dated

1752

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen 187 x 205

Hand

James Adam

Verso

The series of large and small notes appear to have been some form of calligraphic exercise. Alex Postle may be a draughtsman in the Adam Scottish Office. There are also partial sketches of a gate pier and arch.

Notes

This type of small Palladian villa is characteristic of the work of both Robert and James Adam in the early 1750s; there remain several similar designs in the Blair Adam Collection of 1752 (see BA.209-214, and J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, pl.32). In his unfinished essay on architectural theory written in Rome in 1762 James Adam wrote that 'The villa allows but of one [storey] and its attic, which is of great utility as giving lodging or bedrooms' (Fleming, op.cit., p.317).
This sheet has clearly been re-used from the Adam office scheme for Fort George, near Inverness, Scotland of 1748-58 (see Fleming, op.cit., pp.84-86).

Level

Drawing

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