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image Adam vol.26/141

Reference number

Adam vol.26/141

Purpose

Study for a single-storey five-bay villa set on a rusticated basement, with steps leading to an aedicule framing a door; the pediment above is supported by coupled semi-engaged columns on socles.

Aspect

Elevation

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink in James Adam's hand Jas. Adam Invt. 1752

Signed and dated

1752

Medium and dimensions

Pen, brown and black ink163 x 198

Hand

James Adam

Watermark

part of Britannia

Notes

This drawing belongs with the other architectural designs by James Adam in Adam vol.26/118 and 120, the latter also dated 1752. All may be compared with several drawings at Blair Adam, Scotland that show three-bay buildings in elevation (see BA 215-7) and belong to the period c.1752. At the top of this sheet here is faint underdrawing of the spire shown in the lower elevation of Adam vol.26/120. A similar drawing showing a three-bay building with attic and basement by Robert Adam dated 1752 is in the Blair Adam collection (BA 189).

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Drawing

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