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image Adam vol.9/3

Reference number

Adam vol.9/3

Purpose

Academic study for the plan of a circular building having a circular central court with niches and columns, two staircases and a projecting three-bay portico on steps. In the bottom right of the sheet is part of a small circular plan.

Aspect

Plan

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 3

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1755 - 56.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen130 x 120, bottom corners torn

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

This plan is a more complicated version of that shown in Adam vol.9/2, with a reworking of two of the oval staircase spaces unresolved. As an academic exercise, it probably belongs with Adam vol.9/25 and 26. Among the drawings executed after 1758, in Adam vol.9/220 there is a more developed, domestic version of this scheme, where the central court has become an antechamber 20 feet in diameter. Another scheme in Adam vol.9/186 that is dated 1760 and signed by Robert Adam, probably gives the date for all such studies.

Literature

Rep. A. A. Tait, Robert Adam: drawings and imagination, Cambridge, 1993, p.27, fig.24.

Level

Drawing

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