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image Adam vol.7/213

Reference number

Adam vol.7/213

Purpose

Academic study showing a plan of a square symmetrical building with columned bows on each elevation around a circular court. To one side is an unfinished plan for a larger arcaded circular court with niches and buildings at one end.

Aspect

Plans verso details

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1761-63

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil on grey washed paper 180 x 310, vertical central foldline

Hand

James Adam, Office of (attributed to)

Verso

Four details in black chalk of acanthus leaves.

Notes

This is a similar academic exercise to that in Adam vol.7/185 and both can be related to the Roman schemes for a symmetrical pavilion by Robert Adam found in Adam volume 9 (see plan in Adam vol.9/7). Such an academic drawing probably belongs to the 1761-63 period when James Adam was working with Charles-Louis Clérisseau (1721-1820) and his circle in Rome and following a course of instruction similar to that of his brother Robert.

Level

Drawing

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