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Reference number

Adam vol.26/119a, 119b, 119c

Purpose

Three studies showing an obelisk on a square base with a circular relief panel on top of a supporting vault with two simple doorways and a plain rectangular window above.

Aspect

Plan, elevations

Scale

Scale on 119c 1 inch to 10 feet

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink in a contemporary hand Front representing the Door (119a); Section upon the Line A B. (119b); Plan of the Obelisk. (119c)

Signed and dated

Undated

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pink and grey wash 133 x 95 (119a); 133 x 94 (119b); 328 x 70 (119c)

Hand

William Adam, Office of

Watermark

CM on 119c IV

Notes

These three studies were originally part of the same sheet and divided later. The handwriting and style of draughtsmanship is typical of William Adam's office, and is similar to the academic exercise for Hot and Cold Baths (see A. A. Tait, Robert Adam: drawings and imagination, Cambridge, 1993, p.7). In the Blair Adam collection, Scotland, there is a sketch of obelisks (see BA 200) and several variations after James Gibbs, A Book of Architecture, London, 1728 (see particularly Adam vol.19/107).

Level

Drawing

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