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image Adam vol.1/4

Reference number

Adam vol.1/4

Purpose

Scotland: Edinburgh, Edinburgh Assembly and Musical Society (designs for concert hall). Unfinished design for a section through a domed hall showing a coffered dome with Greek Key cornice. Below are two coved and coffered niches flanking a pedimented doorway with sculpture on either side and a rectangular relief panel above.

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Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1754/5

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil179 x 216

Hand

James Adam (attributed to)

Notes

In the opinion of A. A. Tait, this drawing relates in time and place or subject to those contained in Adam volume 7.This is probably a scheme for the Great Room in Edinburgh that occupied the Adam brothers around 1754/5; it was a hall for the Edinburgh Assembly and Musical Society (see J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, pp.126 and 346). This section is a version of part of that in Adam vol.1/3. The sheet has been badly trimmed on the left, cutting off part of the pencil drawing of the adjoining and vaulted hall, which was possibly similar in composition to that shown in Adam vol.1/1. The scheme involved all the Adam brothers: Robert was involved in it with John before his departure for Italy, when James replaced him. There are two drawings attributed to James for this project in Adam volume 7 (see Adam vol.7/194 and 225). Robert wrote from Italy in 1755 asking John to be told that 'I have been much on the observe with respect to concert rooms etc. But never have seen anything extraordinary in any shape as they perform mostly on the stages in play-houses . . . the few concert halls are quite plain without any coveing at all' (National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh, Clerk of Penicuik Collection, GD18/4761). This interest may explain Adam's acquisition of a volume of theatre designs by Carlo Fontana (see A. Bolton, The Architecture of Robert and James Adam, 2 vols., London, 1922, II, p.330).

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