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image Adam vol.9/44

Reference number

Adam vol.9/44

Purpose

Academic study for the plan for an alternative central island for a large public building composed as a rectangular court with hemicycle ends.

Aspect

Plan

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 44

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1755 or 56

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, grey wash97 x 159

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

This is a more complex plan than that shown as the rectangular central section of Adam vol.9/43, and is an alternative version. The entrance here is through a triple portico into a hall, ahead of which is a room of Greek Cross plan. The rooms on either side are symmetrically organised, terminating in small pavilions that are explored in other schemes in this volume, particularly Adam vol.9/36. The pencil or chalk under-drawing differs considerably from the ink composition.

Level

Drawing

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