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image Adam vol.9/61

Reference number

Adam vol.9/61

Purpose

Academic study for the plan of a large symmetrical building with a central court of columns and niches, entered through a portico with steps; above is a hemicycle with pavilions, and unfinished projecting colonnades on either side. Above, top right of the sheet, is a detail of a two-handed decorated urn; at the bottom left is part of a diagram.

Aspect

Plan, detail

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 61

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Black chalk199 x 250

Hand

Robert Adam

Watermark

horned crown [?]

Notes

This composition is a variation on the pen drawing in Adam vol.9/59 although it shows a rectangular rather than a circular central hall.

Level

Drawing

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