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image Adam vol.9/41

Reference number

Adam vol.9/41

Purpose

Unfinished academic studies for the plan and courtyard elevation of a public building. The plan shows the building set around a court with quadrant corners, entered through a concave portico flanked by octagonal rooms, leading to two large symmetrical pavilions with porticoes facing across the court. The elevation shows a pedimented portico of three bays between pilasters; on either side is a door flanked by sculpture niches with thermal windows above.

Aspect

Plan, elevationverso part of diagram

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 41verso: Inscribed with eight lines in red chalk in a contemporary hand, beside columns of accounts in scudi in ink: Mr Hervey is infinitely obliged to -/ for his Breakfast, it would however / - deal better, if he had had / sure of the Srora Madre's Company / - it was not so that and - / the most obedient & humble / of Mr Adams who - / disobedient haughty :

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1756

Medium and dimensions

Pen264 x 168

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Part of a diagram in red chalk. Christopher Hervey was at Tivoli in April 1756 with Robert Adam and Charles-Louis Clérisseau, who were there 'to view Hadrian's Villa, make drawings and inspect some people I have working there, as I am making an exact plan of it' (see J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, p.204; for information about Hervey see J. Ingamells, A Dictionary of British and Irish Travellers in Italy, 1701-1800, New Haven and London, 1997, p.489, and Fleming op.cit. p.359).

Notes

The plan appears to be a variation on the scheme shown in Adam vol.9/31. The top pavilion with spiral staircases on either side of a circular hall relates this drawing to Robert Adam's modest exercises in pavilions in Adam vol.9/11, although the scale suggests its inspiration was imperial buildings. The elevation is probably for one of the three courtyard façades, although it matches none closely.

Level

Drawing

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