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image Adam vol.19/113

Reference number

Adam vol.19/113

Purpose

Academic exercise showing the plan and elevation of a stepped dome octagon that has a pedimented doorway with decorative panel above flanked by two windows with swags and rosettes above. Below the plan shows eight openings, one a doorway and that opposite blind to the chimneypiece.

Aspect

Plan, elevation

Scale

scale 1" to 4 ft

Signed and dated

Undated, but between 1756/7 and 1760

Medium and dimensions

Pen, grey wash, ink framing line460 x 274

Hand

Adam Scottish Office

Watermark

IV

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 the most complex design in the group of pavilion exercises (see Adam vol.19/107-114), of which there is a simpler version in Adam vol.19/114. The idea may have been taken from Isaac Ware, A Complete Body of Architecture (London, 1756/7, published in weekly parts), where he divided his garden pavilions into three: '1. A simple. 2. A more ornamented, and, 3. A nobler, more elevated, and more expensive' (see pl.101, p.640). The composition may also be compared with a similar one in James Gibbs, A Book of Architecture (London, 1728, p.81), a copy of which was in the library at Blair Adam. William Adam also subscribed to the volume.

Level

Drawing

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