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image Adam vol.1/30

Reference number

Adam vol.1/30

Purpose

Design for the elevation of a palace composed as a main block of nine bays arranged over two stories, with a shallow stepped dome on a drum over a central three-bay bow, with two wings linked by a six-bay Doric colonnade to five-bay pavilions showing alternative designs, with pediments and sculpture. Above this is a small plan showing two staircases.

Aspect

Elevation, plan

Signed and dated

Undated, probably c.1757

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, grey wash347 x 1134, 3 joined sheets with overlaps on right pavilion and central dome

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

In the opinion of A. A. Tait, this drawing relates in time and place or subject to those contained in Adam volume 55.The style of this drawing, especially in the use of grey wash, is similar to Robert Adam's academic schemes in Rome found in Adam volume 55 (see particularly Adam vol.55/109), many of which were made under the influence of Laurent-Benoít Dewez (1731-1812). This drawing may be dated to c.1757.It seems probably that this sheet has been misplaced since it bears no relation to the drawings on either side for Robert Adam's rebuilding of Culzean Castle, Ayrshire (1777 - 90)and his Parliament scheme (1760).

Level

Drawing

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