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image Adam vol.9/4

Reference number

Adam vol.9/4

Purpose

Academic study for a small plan of a square building with a circular colonnaded centre, three staircases, one of which is circular, and a large projecting portico of four bays on steps.

Aspect

Plan

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 4

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1755 - 56.

Medium and dimensions

Pen70 x 64

Hand

Laurent-Benoît Dewez (attributed to)

Notes

There are several variations on this scheme in Adam volume 9 (see 9/25, 55 and 68); among the drawings dating from 1758, Adam vol.9/229 is a domestic version of the plan and shows how it has been developed in the process from theory to practice. A similar plan was used by the brothers in their early schemes for Shelburne House, Hyde Park Corner, London of 1765 (see Adam vol.7/158, which also incorporated the four-staircase formula found in Adam vol.9/2). Comparable compositions by Robert Adam can also be found in Adam vol.55/180. The incisive style of draughtsmanship here is unlike that associated with Robert Adam of c.1755 and is closer to that of Laurent-Benoít Dewez (1731-1812) in his Italian drawings of this period.

Level

Drawing

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