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image Adam vol.7/189

Reference number

Adam vol.7/189

Purpose

Unfinished academic study showing a plan of a large circular building with a portico opening into an oval court. Beyond is an octagon with a circular court, and a semi-circular court to one side. Also on the sheet is a section of three stories and basement.

Aspect

Plan, section

Inscribed

verso Inscribed in pencil in a contemporary hand portrait

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1761-63

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil400 x 269, folded, with rectangular section cut from lower right side)

Hand

James Adam (attributed to)

Verso

Design in pencil for part of an interior wall and doorway with antique decoration in relief panels around a 'portrait' (not sure why this is in quotation marks?). The drawing may well be later than those on the recto (see Adam vol.55/31 and 58).

Watermark

dove on monti within single circle

Notes

The two drawings are academic studies, similar to Adam vol.7/185 verso, and they are perhaps among the small amount of work of this type that remains from James Adam's time in Rome. The plan can be compared with a similar scheme by Robert Adam in Adam vol.9/1.

Level

Drawing

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