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image Adam vol.9/22

Reference number

Adam vol.9/22

Purpose

Academic study for a plan for a large public building with an entrance courtyard with a square porticoed pavilion in the centre. The courtyard opens through a columned exedra into a large apsidal hall that has circular columned pavilions on either side. At the top of the sheet is a profile of a cornice.

Aspect

Plan, detailverso elevations and plan

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 22

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1755 - 56.

Medium and dimensions

Pen258 x 214

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Pen drawings showing two alternative elevations and a plan for a large niche of five bays, with small wings of coupled columns. One has a coffered niche between pedimented archways; a variation of this is found in Adam vol.55/63. Below this, the other elevation is designed as a complex, double triumphal arch, with attic and sculpture above several openings; variations on the triumphal arch theme are found in Adam vol.55/162 and 179. The plan and elevations are loosely connected with the central section of the plan on the recto.

Watermark

done on monti within circle

Notes

The plan is a sketch without any preliminary drawing and is similar in type, albeit much smaller in scale, to the plans in Adam vol.9/43 and 44, which show circular pavilions, perhaps inspired by the maritime theatre at Tivoli. The drawing in Adam vol.9/59 shows a similar type of composition and is drawn in the same style.

Level

Drawing

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