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image Adam vol.9/23

Reference number

Adam vol.9/23

Purpose

Academic study for a sketch plan for a symmetrical pavilion with four projecting three-bay porticoes and a square colonnaded courtyard within a circular central hall.

Aspect

Planverso plan

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 23

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1755 - 56.

Medium and dimensions

Pen80 x 128

Hand

Laurent-Benoît Dewez (attributed to)

Verso

Sketch plan in pen for a square pavilion with four projecting three-bay porticoes within a circular central hall with corner niches. This plan is a development of Adam vol.9/4. Like the plan on the recto, the draughtsmanship here is lighter and more incisive than similar exercises by Robert Adam in Adam vol.9/25 and 26, perhaps suggesting they are rough compositions proposed by Dewez to be worked upon by Adam.

Notes

This plan is a variation of a similar sketch plan in Adam vol.9/16, although it is not as close as that drawing to the estate chapel at Maser by Palladio (1508-1580). Like the plan on the verso, the draughtsmanship here is lighter and more incisive than similar exercises by Robert Adam in Adam vol.9/25 and 26, perhaps suggesting these are rough compositions proposed by Laurent-Benoít Dewez to be worked upon by Adam.

Level

Drawing

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