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image Adam vol.9/10

Reference number

Adam vol.9/10

Purpose

Unfinished academic study for the plan of a large public building composed of four pavilions linked by staircases. Between the pavilions are four apsidal bays, and together they form a central square with symmetrical arcaded elevations.

Aspect

Planverso plan

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 10

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1755 - 56.

Medium and dimensions

Black chalk173 x 171

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Plan in black chalk of a symmetrical rectangular building with a courtyard, with staircases on either side and a three-bay entrance stepped portico. This plan can be compared with the unfinished pen drawing in Adam vol.9/6, and, in less formal fashion to 9/141, which itself is perhaps an early idea for Adam's Luton Park House, Bedfordshire of c.1764.

Watermark

crown and grapes, trimmed

Notes

The scheme in this drawing is a companion to Adam vol.9/9, 13 and 54; there is a similar, but smaller and unfinished, composition in Adam vol.9/20.

Level

Drawing

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