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image Adam vol.9/20

Reference number

Adam vol.9/20

Purpose

Unfinished academic study for the plan of a villa with four symmetrical elevations, each with a central apse and circular corner rooms opening onto an octagon with columned entrances.

Aspect

Plan

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 20

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1755 - 56.

Medium and dimensions

Black chalk, pencil126 x 163

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

This drawing is part of a group of pencil and chalk exercises by Robert Adam on the theme of a small pavilion, the others being Adam vol.9/18 and 19, although this drawing is less finished than the other two drawings. They are all similar in composition and scale to the hatched schemes at Adam vol.9/11 and 12, and all can be seen as developments from Adam vol.9/5. The draughtsmanship here is firmer and less precise, and both in this aspect and in its composition it may be compared with the larger scheme in Adam vol.9/10. There is another similar but smaller centralised scheme in Adam vol.55/128.

Level

Drawing

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