verso Inscribed in pencil in a contemporary hand To have a small / wind's and niches in / the angle
Signed and dated
Medium and dimensions
189 x 308, folded with a vertical fold line
James Adam (attributed to)
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.
Crown in circle [part]
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.
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