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image Adam vol.4/44

Reference number

Adam vol.4/44

Purpose

Unfinished architectural design showing the façade of a three-bay pavilion of two stories with a niche containing sculpture between coupled pilasters, all of which supports a pediment and attic with six flaming urns. Above this is a three-storey square tower with aedicular windows between coupled pilasters and an attic with small pediment.

Aspect

Elevationverso details

Signed and dated

Undated

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil on blue paper558 x 325, the sheet folded twice horizontally

Hand

Unidentified seventeenth-century artistverso Robert Adam / James Adam (attributed to)

Verso

Unfinished life studies in white and black chalk, showing half the face of a young person with wild hair; beside this is a detail of an eye and an eyebrow. They may be studies by Robert or James Adam that have been taken from plaster casts (see A. A. Tait, Robert Adam: drawings and imagination, Cambridge, 1993, p.19); they may also be related to the series of studies after the antique that Pecheux (1729-1821 ) executed for Robert Adam in 1755 and which were described as '. . . charming . . . ' (see J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, pp.352-3).

Notes

In the opinion of A. A. Tait, this drawing relates in time and place or subject to those contained in Adam volume 56. This drawing is possibly French of the early seventeenth-century, and may be for some sort of institutional building. The full-length figure in the central niche is in classical costume, holding a book in one hand. The unfinished life studies on the verso suggest that this drawing may have been acquired abroad in the later 1750s by Robert or James Adam.

Level

Drawing

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