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image Adam vol.21/79

Reference number

Adam vol.21/79

Purpose

Unfinished capriccio showing a large palace with a pyramid, with a domed tower behind. On the right of the sheet is another tower with columns and colonnades. Overdrawn at the centre of the sheet is a statue on an inscribed pedestal.

Aspect

Elevation and a detailsverso Elevation, detail

Inscribed

Inscribed in chalk Top

Signed and dated

Undated, probably c.1757

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, black chalk476 x 276

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Unfinished capriccio in black chalk of an interior elevation with colonnades. Below this is a detail of a section of columns and dome.

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 drawing is another version of the elevations in Adam vol.10/18 and 21/40; all use the characteristic form of the pyramid and may be related to a vast design for a palace (see Adam vol.28/1). The statue is probably that of Julius Caesar, the plinth lettered D.M./C.C.IULI, in a contemporary hand. The colonnaded tower is circled and may have been the source for the Bowood Mausoleum at Bowood House, Calne, Wiltshire of 1761-4. This shhet has been placed in the album ic close proximity to designs for the Bowoom mausolem, for example Adam vol.21/75 & 77.

Level

Drawing

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