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image Adam vol.9/37

Reference number

Adam vol.9/37

Purpose

Academic study for the plan for a large, square, symmetrical building, possibly a mausoleum, with four projecting porticoes and four circular corner towers. Each of these has five apses and opens down a triple-aisled corridor onto a circular hall that has a free-standing colonnade.

Aspect

Plan

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 37

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1755 - 56.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, grey wash124 x 130

Hand

Robert Adam (attributed to)

Notes

This plan may be inspired by the design for a college by Giovanni Battista Piranesi from his Opere Varie di Architettura, 1750, or by a scheme for a mausoleum such as that by Filippo Juvarra (1678-1736) for Louis XIV. It belongs with smaller studies, such as Adam vol.9/25 and 26, in the similarity of the use of wash and the chalk underdrawing. There are smaller versions of a similar scheme in Adam vol.55/14 and 55/17, the latter unfinished. The saltire plan is a variation of the centre section of the plan in Adam vol.9/39.

Level

Drawing

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