Inscribed in ink 2; at top of drawing in ink in Robert Adam's hand Fabrique Gotisque desinée en descendant le Rhin/ [two words crossed through] Idee prise dune Eglise sur le Cote de Dil Fleuve. 1 Decem'r 1757/ proche de Coblentz
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Medium and dimensions
Pen156 x 133
Part of eight lines of calculations in ink and in a contemporary hand petit gris / paul [?]
fleur de lys
This composition is a version of the unfinished pen elevation in Adam vol.54/Series 4/6, although the design here is for a symmetrical building and incorporates classical details. This drawing is Robert Adam's only reference to the German Gothic that he saw in his passage up the Rhine, although the arcaded entrance is Romanesque rather than Gothic and may have been inspired by seeing S.Gereon in Cologne, Germany.
Repr. J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, p.243, fig.12.
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