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image Adam vol.9/34

Reference number

Adam vol.9/34

Purpose

Academic study for the plan for a public building with a double convex portico on steps that opens through rectangular and circular halls to a central space divided into three parts by columns, with two square campanile with round corners on either side. Beneath the plan are two sections through a domed apse, with coffering and oculus above niches and screen.

Aspect

Plan and sections

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 34

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1756 - 57.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, grey wash242 x 171

Hand

Robert Adam

Watermark

horned crown

Notes

The two campanile in this plan, one showing variations, suggests the building may be some form of longitudinal church, although it lacks any obvious altar space and has a variety of entrances. The use of columned screens to link one space with another also appears in the plan in Adam vol.9/14, again a possible church. The two sections are probably taken through the circular entrance hall. This pen and wash drawing does not appear to have been set out preliminarily in pen or chalk and is comparable with Adam vol.9/24. The blurred ink technique is also found in Adam vol.9/40. John Fleming dates the drawing 1756/7 (see Fleming, op.cit., caption to pl.66).

Literature

Rep. J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, pl.66.

Level

Drawing

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