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image Adam vol.4/7

Reference number

Adam vol.4/7

Purpose

Unfinished capriccio showing a circular and domed building with portico on a basement, with a thermal window, and approached by a double staircase. To one side is a wing of two arcaded bays.

Aspect

Perspectiveverso perspective

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755-56

Medium and dimensions

Black chalk486 x 413, foldline

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Unfinished capriccio of two bays of a pilastered portico with a pedimented two-bay wing. This drawing may be related to that on the verso of Adam vol.55/45.

Watermark

Wm. Villandry

Notes

In the opinion of A. A. Tait, this drawing relates in time and place or subject to those contained in Adam volume 55.This composition may be compared with several smaller academic studies in Adam volume 55 (see particularly Adam vol.55/155 and 165).

Level

Drawing

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