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image Adam vol.9/33

Reference number

Adam vol.9/33

Purpose

Academic study for the plan and elevation of a shallow domed pavilion with a three-bay projecting portico and steps, opening onto a circular hall with columns and two oval staircases; the pavilion enclosed in a hemicycle of columns. The pavilion is linked by curved quadrants to two smaller pavilions with pediments and relief sculpture, joined by a four-deep screen of columns and piers with niches.

Aspect

Plan and elevationverso plan

Inscribed

verso Inscribed in ink 33

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1755 - 1756.

Medium and dimensions

Pen313 x 406, vertical foldline

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Unfinished academic study in pen and pencil for the plan for a public building with central court and large apse at one end, opening to a five-bay loggia of columns with double staircases on either side. This plan clearly shows the development of this scheme from pencil to pen and cross-hatching technique.

Watermark

names

Notes

The plan and elevation are a larger version of the sketch in Adam vol.9/5, which is attributed to Laurent-Benoít Dewez (1731-1812); the apse or hemicycle of columns appears in this drawing in the corrected form shown in 9/5. Both elevation and plan are exercises in composition based on the traditional Palladian villa; there are similar compositions in Adam vol.55/9, 34 and 52. The elevation may be compared with that at Adam vol.55/88.

Level

Drawing

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