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image Adam vol.9/13

Reference number

Adam vol.9/13

Purpose

Academic study for a plan, probably at first floor, of a symmetrical pavilion with a five-bay recessed entrance. Two projecting circular rooms flank a central hall with octagonal colonnading, off which is an apsidal room with two curved staircases on either side.

Aspect

Plan

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 13

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1766 - 56.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil136 x 177

Hand

Robert Adam

Watermark

names

Notes

This plan belongs with the more finished pavilion drawings in Adam vol.9/7, 11 and 12, and is drawn to the same scale. There are more casual exercises on the same theme in Adam vol.9/46-50. In terms of composition, it stands between 9/7 and 9/12, and is largely exploring the effect of circular rooms on their exterior elevations. The drawing itself was is likely to have been intended to be inked over, with the wall thicknesses probably shown hatched as in other drawings in this group, or alternatively it may have been an excercise in drawing in a more casual style.

Level

Drawing

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