Signed and dated
- Undated but datable to 1756 or 7
Medium and dimensions
Pencil and pen312 x 425
Unfinished architectural plans in pencil for two courtyard buildings with corner pavilions.
In the opinion of A. A. Tait, this drawing relates in time and place or subject to those contained in Adam volume 55.In Adam volume 10, drawings 1-23 are in a section separated from the rest by blank pages, noted in pencil 'There follow 6 blank pages'. Virtually all the drawings in this section are schemes in plan and elevation for a Parliament building modelled, probably by Robert Adam, on James Adam's scheme of 1762/3. The plan in Adam vol.10/1, its elevation in 10/20 and the unfinished project here in 10/18 were all doubtless seen by the compiler of the volume as relevant to the understanding of the Parliament drawings. It is worth noting that like volume 55, this volume was intended to contain a collection very different from these sketch plans and elevations. The flyleaf is noted in ink and in an eighteenth-century hand, subsequently scored out, 'The Contents/Shields/Quivers/Other warlike Instruments/Instruments of Sacrifice/ Musical Instruments/Ensigns of Deitys/Lamps.This drawing is related to one of the wings of Robert Adam's vast design of 1757 for a palace (see Adam vol.28/1). It presents a striking contrast with the large but conservative Adam schemes for a Parliament House, for which there are several plans in volume 7. It can also be related to the large pencil sketch on the verso of Adam vol.10/14 and to Adam vol.21/40. The two plans on the verso may be connected with Adam's courtyard schemes in Adam vol.54 and to Adam vol.21/40 and 79.
D. Stillman, 'Robert Adam's Grand Tour', Antiques, vol.83, June 1963, p.672; A. A. Tait, Robert Adam, The Creative Mind from the sketch to the finished drawing, catalogue of an exhibition at Sir John Soane's Museum, London, London, 1996, p.14.
Robert Adam, The Creative Mind: from the Sketch to the Finished Drawing, Sir John Soane's Museum, 4 October 1996 - 1 March 1997; The Frick Collection, New York, December 1997 - April 1998; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, May - June 1998; The Octagon Museum, Washington, July 1998 - January 1999; Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, February - March 1999
Digitisation of the Drawings Collection has been made possible through the generosity of the Leon Levy Foundation