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image Adam vol.9/58

Reference number

Adam vol.9/58

Purpose

Academic study for the plan of a building with one five-bay double portico and another single portico of three bays; on either side are wings with apsidal pavilions. It is enclosed in a hemicycle of pilasters or piers.

Aspect

Plan

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 58

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably c1756

Medium and dimensions

Pen, grey wash on brown tracing paper146 x 203

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

This composition is dominated by the large hemicycle that appears again in the drawings in Adam vol.9/59 and 61, and like them it may be related to Robert Adam's proposal of 1756 for rebuilding the centre of Lisbon, Portugal, destroyed in the fire and earthquake of 1755 (see K. Maxwell, Pombal, Paradox of the Enlightenment, Cambridge, 1995, and A. A. Tait, Robert Adam: drawings and imagination, Cambridge, 1993, pp.40-50). The use of brown paper is unusual among Robert Adam's Roman drawings; there are no other examples in this volume or the related volume 55.

Level

Drawing

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