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image Adam vol.9/2

Reference number

Adam vol.9/2

Purpose

Academic study for the plan of a circular building composed around a square court surrounded by a double colonnade, with four oval staircases and four openings with niches on either side on the elevations.

Aspect

Plan

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 2

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1755 - 1756.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen136 x 132

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

This is the first of several exercises in Adam volume 9 that are based on the composition of a circular building (see 9/3, 26 and 38; also 9/132 and 220, both dating from post-1758) such as a Maritime Theatre at Tivoli, Italy. They appear in a variety of later Adam designs, of which the most impressive, in the form of a country house, was Wyke House, Sion Hill at Isleworth, Surrey of c.1779. A plan sketched in chalk in Adam vol.55/128 combines the ideas that appear here and in Adam vol.9/3, which emphasises the connection between volumes 9 and 55 (another example of which can be seen in the oval schemes on the verso of 55/29). The corrections in pencil that change the internal court to an octagonal form can be compared with the scheme in 55/128.

Level

Drawing

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