With scale bar - 3/4inch to 10ft
Inscribed in ink on drawing 7
Signed and dated
- Undated, probably pre-1755.
Medium and dimensions
Pen, pencil188 x 203
crown over shield, trimmed
This drawing is part of a set of pen drawings of small pavilions with circular rooms (see Adam vol.9/11-13), all of which use the technique of diagonal hatching. In the case of this drawing and 9/11 there are careful pencil guidelines. There are other, more casual pencil exercises on this theme in Adam vol.9/46-50, and a more useful, larger version of this scheme in Adam vol.9/97, which gives rooms with dimensions and an elevation. This drawing shows the convention of indicating a bedroom with the dotted outline of a bed, found in the drawings of the Adam Scottish Office, and also in the version of this drawing by Laurent-Benoít Dewez (1731-1812) (see Rijksarchief, Brussels, 70 'Dessins d'Italie', Dewez 1/11). This may indicate a date earlier than 1755 for similar sheets that use careful ink hatching; this interpretation is confirmed by the appearance of the scale.
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