Inscribed in ink on drawing 3
Signed and dated
- Undated, probably 1755 - 56.
Medium and dimensions
Pencil, pen130 x 120, bottom corners torn
This plan is a more complicated version of that shown in Adam vol.9/2, with a reworking of two of the oval staircase spaces unresolved. As an academic exercise, it probably belongs with Adam vol.9/25 and 26. Among the drawings executed after 1758, in Adam vol.9/220 there is a more developed, domestic version of this scheme, where the central court has become an antechamber 20 feet in diameter. Another scheme in Adam vol.9/186 that is dated 1760 and signed by Robert Adam, probably gives the date for all such studies.
Rep. A. A. Tait, Robert Adam: drawings and imagination, Cambridge, 1993, p.27, fig.24.
'Bob the Roman': Heroic Antiquity and the Architecture of Robert Adam, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 27 June - 27 September 2003; New York School of Interior Design Gallery, 29 September - 4 December 2004
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