Inscribed in ink on drawing 59verso inscribed one line in ink and subsequently deleted
Signed and dated
Medium and dimensions
Pen198 x 205
Perspective ink drawing of a symmetrical building with four corner tower, central dome and porticoes in a landscape. Also two details, one for a rococo Gothic window, which is of the type found in Adam volume 54, Series 4 and in Adam vol.55/4 and 20. Both the elevation and plan here have been deliberately obscured or cancelled.
This composition can be compared with those in Adam vol.9/58 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 striking hemicycle at the top of the composition can be compared with the smaller version found in Adam vol.55/10.
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