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image Adam vol.9/46

Reference number

Adam vol.9/46

Purpose

Unfinished academic study for the plan of a symmetrical pavilion with three-bay recessed portico leading past two oval staircases to a circular hall with an arcade of columns and niches. Beyond this is an apsidal room.

Aspect

Planverso diagram or plan

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 46

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1755 or 56

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen125 x 122

Hand

Robert Adam (attributed to), or possbly L-B Dewez

Verso

Pencil drawing of part of a diagram or plan.

Notes

The composition in this drawing is part of a series of variations on the plan of a pavilion; it appears to be an enlarged version of Adam vol.9/5 prior to the latter's alteration. The inked-in staircases suggest that the drawing was to be executed in ink rather than in pencil. However, the draughtsmanship is generally unlike that found in Robert Adam's other exercises in this form, such as Adam vol.9/30, and this may possibly be a similar exercise by Laurent-Benoít Dewez (1731-1812).

Level

Drawing

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