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image Adam vol.9/16

Reference number

Adam vol.9/16

Purpose

Academic study for two sketch plans of small centralised churches on the Greek Cross plan. Each has a projecting three-bay portico with steps; that on the right of the sheet has a circular interior of alternating columns and niches, and that on the left has an oval interior with column screens.

Aspect

Plans

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 16

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1755 - 56.

Medium and dimensions

Pen102 x 180, top left corner torn

Hand

Laurent-Benoît Dewez (attributed to)

Notes

Both of these plans recall the church designs of Andrea Palladio (1508-1580), that on the right to his estate chapel at Maser of the late 1570s, and that on the left, more loosely, to his Venetian churches. They can be compared with a small-scale pen drawing also attributed to Laurent-Benoít Dewez (1731-1812) in Adam vol.9/5, which has a similarly Palladian character, and from which this scheme was probably derived. There are other similar examples plans in the last section of Adam volume 9 (see Adam vol.9/149). They may also be related to the centralised plan in Adam vol.9/23, also attributed to Dewez.

Level

Drawing

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