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image Adam vol.9/18

Reference number

Adam vol.9/18

Purpose

Academic study for the plan of a pavilion, probably showing the first floor. It has a three-bay portico flanked by two spiral staircases, which opens into a three-bay screen. Beyond this is a large apsidal room, with two smaller circular rooms either side.

Aspect

Plan

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 18

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 1756.

Medium and dimensions

Black chalk, pencil145 x 183

Hand

Robert Adam

Watermark

Horned crown

Notes

This drawing is part of a group of pencil and chalk exercises by Robert Adam on the theme of a small pavilion (see also Adam vol.9/19 and 20), and was probably intended to be developed further in ink and with a scale, as in Adam vol.9/7. They are all similar in composition and scale to the hatched schemes at Adam vol.9/11 and 12, and all can be seen as developments from Adam vol.9/5. There are traces of a preliminary, and simpler outline plan in pencil under this drawing.

Level

Drawing

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