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Reference number

Adam vol.7/185

Purpose

Design for the plan of a small rectangular house with a three-bay recessed centre and two bays on either side. The interior has straight and spiral stairs and four large apartments.

Aspect

Plan verso plan

Inscribed

verso Inscribed in pencil in a contemporary hand To have a small / wind's and niches in / the angle

Signed and dated

Undated

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil 189 x 308, folded with a vertical fold line

Hand

James Adam (attributed to)

Verso

Academic study in pen and grey ink for a large building showing a five-bay portico opening onto a long rectangular hall, with circular rooms at either end. Beyond is another circular hall with columns, two porticoes and an apsidal apartment. This plan is close to several of the academic exercises found in Adam volume 55 and is therefore the counterpart to Robert Adam's work with Laurent-Benoít Dewez (1731-1812). Like the drawing on the recto, the hand is probably James Adam's.

Watermark

Crown in circle [part]

Notes

The hand of both recto and verso is probably James Adam's. A similar type of exercise can be found in Adam vol.7/213. Both can be related to the Roman schemes for a symmetrical pavilion by Robert Adam found in Adam volume 9 (see the hatched plan in Adam vol.9/7). Such an academic drawing probably belongs to the 1761-3 period when James Adam was working with Charles Louis-Clérisseau and his circle in Rome following a course similar to Robert's.

Level

Drawing

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