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image Adam vol.55/4

Reference number

Adam vol.55/4

Purpose

Capriccio showing a view of the façade of a rectangular classico-Gothic building with low pediment, three doorways and thermal windows.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 4

Signed and dated

  • Undated, possibly 1757?

Medium and dimensions

Pencil143 x 175

Hand

Robert Adam

Watermark

foolscap (part)

Notes

This composition may be compared with a similar design in chalk in Adam vol.55/20. The use of mixed classical and Gothic forms can be found in several drawings in this volume, which are probably the counterparts of the 'Gothic' section in Adam volume 54, see Adam vol.54/Series 4/1-15.

Level

Drawing

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