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image Adam vol.55/3

Reference number

Adam vol.55/3

Purpose

Capriccio showing a symmetrical building in a landscape setting. It has a central drum, dome and cupola, flanked by four towers with spires joined by a colonnade, with a five-bay portico on steps with flanking arcaded wings.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 3

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1757

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, brown wash152 x 182

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

As with Adam vol.55/2, this drawing may be compared with the landscape capricci found in Adam vol.54/Series 5/1-19. A similar design is found in Adam vol.55/8, which also has spires flanking a central dome. According to John Fleming, this drawing belongs to a group of '. . . surprising capricci in the Gothic taste in which he appears to have indulged from time to time despite Clérisseau's disapproval' (J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, p.229). Fleming dates this drawing to 1757, largely on the strength of its stylistic similarity to the Gothic scheme of December 1757 found in Adam vol.54/Series 4/2.

Literature

Rep. J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, pl.64

Level

Drawing

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