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image Adam vol.9/11

Reference number

Adam vol.9/11

Purpose

Academic study for the plan of a rectangular building with projecting three-bay pilastered entrance. A colonnaded hall with large staircase at one end opens onto a circular room with columns.

Aspect

Planverso elevation (part)

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 11

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1755 - 56.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen164 x 202

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Fragment of a small sketch in black chalk showing the base of an elevation with columns and niches.

Notes

This plan belongs with a small group of pavilion designs that incorporate a large circular hall; it closely resembles Adam vol.9/7. The use of diagonal hatching is also found in 9/7 and 9/12. This drawing has been worked up from pencil under-drawing; there are corrections made in the pen drawing, particularly to the pilastered entrance where the original drawing has been partially erased. Such corrections suggest the serious and professional attitude held by both Robert Adam and Laurent-Benoít Dewez (1731-1812) towards such schemes. There is a version of this scheme in the Dewez drawings in the Rijksarchief, Brussels (see Dewez 1/11). Similar, but more casual, exercises are also found in Adam vol.9/46-50.

Level

Drawing

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