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image Adam vol.7/175

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Adam vol.7/175


Unfinished plan showing two oval courts, a theatre at one end connected to a chapel by a long rectangular gallery, off which is a columned anteroom.




Inscribed in ink probably in Robert Adam's hand chapd / cryptoporticus or Gallery / Theatre / Atrium, Dining/ room / Gallery / vestibulum / A chamber / Drawing verso Inscribed in ink in a contemporary hand Ds of Marcellus's Theatre with dimensions in French ft beside pen diagram

Signed and dated

  • Undated

Medium and dimensions

Pen 187 x 235


Robert Adam (attributed to)


The note here probably refers to the plans for the theatre of Marcellus in an edition of A.-B. Desgodetz's Édifices antiques de Rome (first published Paris, 1682), which was in the Adam library (see D. Watkin, ed. Sale Catalogues of Libraries of Eminent Persons, vol. 4, Architects, London, 1972, p.161).


Shield with letter CF


The theatre design here seems little related to the classical, and the various rooms, such as 'chapel' and 'drawing room' suggest this is a contemporary palace design, possibly for Richmond, Surrey (see A. A. Tait, Robert Adam: drawings and imagination, Cambridge, 1993, p.53-56). The plan may also be related to the theatre shown in Adam vol.7/170 and 171, and the sketch plan in Adam vol.7/176. The ink inscriptions on the drawing are probably in Robert Adam's hand.



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