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image Adam vol.9/12

Reference number

Adam vol.9/12

Purpose

Academic study for the plan of a rectangular square pavilion with three large and one small apsidal elevations and containing three circular rooms, two curved staircases and a long rectangular hall with screened apsidal ends.

Aspect

Plan

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 12

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1755.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil163 x 170

Hand

Robert Adam

Watermark

names

Notes

This is a variation of the plans found in Adam vol.9/7 and 11; it is drawn to approximately the same scale, and uses similar diagonal hatching. It is particularly close to 9/7 in the use of careful pencil guidelines. There is a more complex version in Adam vol.9/14. The rather cumbersome draughtsmanship suggests that it belongs to the early period of 1755. There is a version of this scheme by Laurent-Benoít Dewez (1731-1812) in his drawings in the Rijksarchief, Brussels (thirteen albums of which one contains 70 'Dessins d'Italie'; see Dewez 1/12). There is a less academic version of this plan in Adam vol.9/97 that has dimensions and room names as well as an elevation. The motif of the double apse later appears in Robert Adam's design for The Hill, Putney, Surrey, of 1786/7 and more exotically in his cottage orné for General Hervey at Ickworth, Suffolk (see Adam vol.43/21). The drawing shows several pen alterations; the elevation in pencil in Adam vol.9/145 is derived from this plan.

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Drawing

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