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Drawing - Triumphal Gateway at Hyde Park Corner
  • Triumphal Gateway at Hyde Park Corner
    Adam, Robert, born 1728 - died 1792
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Triumphal Gateway at Hyde Park Corner

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, made)

  • Date:

    c.1775 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Adam, Robert, born 1728 - died 1792 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink and grey wash on paper

  • Museum number:

    3327

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Drawing comprising two sheets stuck together. The top drawing is in pen and ink and grey wash and shows a gateway in the form of a triumphal arch. A pedimented central archway is flanked by tall wings that terminate in large scale sculptures of a lion and unicorn above pedestrian arches. These arches are contained within pedimented Doric aedicules that are repeated on the pier walls that support the central road arch and here contain statues of a kind and queen set in arched niches. The whole facade is vigorously rusticated throughout. The bottom drawing is in pen and ink and shows the corresponding plan, with dimensions. The drawings are pricked for transfer and with faint pencil underdrawing and dimension

Place of Origin

London (probably, made)

Date

c.1775 (made)

Artist/maker

Adam, Robert, born 1728 - died 1792 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and grey wash on paper

Marks and inscriptions

N.B.: The fair Copy had no Rusticks and instead of square pannells in spand[rels] of Great Arch there were circular Basreliefs the same diamr. as the nich. The pannells over the niches etc. had an ornament as sketched below.
To the right of the drawing of the gateway; Handwriting; Pen and ink; Adam, Robert

Extends 112 Feet
Immediately to the bottom right of the drawing of the gateway; Handwriting; Pen and ink; Adam, Robert

No 17 Hyde Park Gateway, Put aside [crossed out], office copy
On the reverse, faintly; Handwriting; Pencil; Adam, Robert

Dimensions

Height: 45 cm The two sheets together, Width: 56.5 cm The two sheets together, Height: 27.4 cm The top sheet, Width: 56.6 cm The top sheet, Height: 18.4 cm The bottom sheet, Width: 56.6 cm The bottom sheet

Descriptive line

Architectural drawing showing a proposed triumphal gateway at Hyde Park Corner, London, designed by Robert Adam, c. 1775

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Alistair Rowan, 'Robert Adam: Catalogue of Drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum', V&A publications, 1988, cat. 69 and illustrated in plate 27

Labels and date

Office of Robert and James Adam
Design in plan and elevation for a
Triumphal Gateway at Hyde Park
Corner. About 1775
Pencil, pen and ink and watercolour

Until well into the nineteenth century Hyde
Park Corner represented the entry both into
the built-up area of London and into the royal
parks surrounding Buckingham Palace. This
drawing is for one of a number of unexecuted
Adam schemes for gateways on the site. The
final finished drawing did not use the all-over
rustication of this design, generally
considered appropriate for the fortified entry
into a city. This design shows the Adams'
ability to combine a mathematically
proportioned arrangement of solids and voids
with a free and very imaginative use of neo-
classical detail. The drawing in various tones
of grey is not intended to be deliberately dull
but to show the precision and calculation of
the design. It is very different from the more
atmospheric drawings of Chambers.

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Materials

Pen and ink; Wash; Paper; Pencil

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Pediments; Columns; Gateway; Lions; Balustrades; Statues; Architecture; Arch; Unicorns; Classicism

Categories

Scotland; Designs

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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