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image Adam vol.56/45

Reference number

Adam vol.56/45

Purpose

Unfinished study for part of a ceiling compartment, showing two rectangular panels of anthemion decoration, and at the right angle where the two meet, a square panel with a head in profile; numerous pen tryouts.

Aspect

Ceiling plan, detail

Inscribed

Inscribed in red ink on both drawing and album leaf 45

Signed and dated

  • Undated

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil343 x 226

Hand

James Adam, office of (attributed to), after James Byres

Notes

This drawing, in both subject and style, may relate to those associated with the unfinished designs after James Byres (1734-1817) found in Adam volume 26, especially Adam vol.26/174. It is probably an Adam office copy after Byres, as is also suggested by the pen tryouts at the top and bottom of the sheet. (For the connection between James Adam and Byres, see J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, p.378.) The composition of the decoration is similar to that designed by Alessandro Algardi in the Villa Doria Pamphilj, Rome. There are companion drawings in Adam vol.56/46-48.

Level

Drawing

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