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image Adam vol.9/24

Reference number

Adam vol.9/24

Purpose

Academic study for a plan of a large symmetrical pavilion with four recessed three-bay porticoes, with steps leading to a courtyard. The courtyard has a fountain in the centre and four smaller fountains in each corner within a curved or square niche.

Aspect

Plan

Inscribed

Incribed in ink on drawing 24

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1755 - 56.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, grey wash176 x 145

Hand

Robert Adam

Watermark

horned crown

Notes

Similar pavilions with a fountain in the centre are found in Robert Adam's scheme in Adam vol.9/43 & 44, which recalls his Roman Baths project, a form in which Adam was particularly interested. His drawings of the fountains at the Villa Lante, Italy are found in the Clerk Collection, Scotland (Clerk 174 - 176) (see J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, p.232). There are more ambitious fountain compositions by James Adam in Adam volume 7. The style of draughtsmanship, where a free, blurred ink sketch has the wall thickness overlaid in grey wash, is also found in Adam vol.9/28, 29 and 34. The composition appears to be set out initially in a thin wash.

Level

Drawing

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