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image Adam vol.9/40

Reference number

Adam vol.9/40

Purpose

Academic study for the plan for a square pavilion with four corner pavilions and three-bay entrance portico opening onto an octagonal court. On either side are projecting apsidal rooms, and a loggia of columns and piers, and small staircases on either side.

Aspect

Plan

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 40

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, grey wash123 x 150

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

There is a larger version of this scheme in Adam vol.9/68 but without the grey wash. The technique employed here of blurred ink lines is also found in other drawings (see Adam vol.9/34). The scale of the scheme suggests ideas inspired by the concorsi and it can be compared with the design by Bernardo Vittone (1702-1770) for four churches facing a circular piazza of 1732 (see P. Marconi, I disegni di architettura dell'Archivio storico dell'Accademia di San Luca, 1974, vol.I, fig.378).

Level

Drawing

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