Robert Adams

Sketchbook [including Dallas gate commissions]

1964–5

Page of notes on a water feature

Inscribed 'Water feature. 30 ft high. Prevent wind blowing water. Or use wind blowing water. Contained form (water). Water forced up-down. Falling naturally. Over forms. Through forms. Into forms. Water moving forms. Wind moving forms. Electricity moving forms'. A corner of the page has been removed, approximately 74 x 98 mm.

Created by
Robert Adams 1917–1984
Date
1964–5
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
405 x 254 mm
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Robert Adams, ‘Page of notes on a water feature’ 1964–5

In Tate Britain

Created by
Robert Adams 1917–1984
Title
Sketchbook [including Dallas gate commissions]
Date
1964–5
Format
Bound volume - sketchbook
Collection
Tate Archive
Acquisition
Presented by Mrs Pat Adams, widow of the artist, and her daughter Mrs Mary Adams Weatherhead, in 1984 and 1990.
Reference
TGA 8421/1/42

Description

Graphite, crayon and ink on paper, 405 x 254 mm

Many of these sheets are studies for a gate commissioned by the Dallas patrons James and Lillian Clark in June 1964. The gate was required to fill a space between house and garden wall, measuring 1473 x 838 x 203 mm. There are also several studies for a fountain, together with notes about the movement of water. These may relate to a commission from the Greater London Council in June 1965 to work with the landscape architect Sylvia Crowe on a monumental sculpture, possibly incorporating a water feature at the north entrance of the Blackwell Tunnel. This scheme foundered in the following year. See further studies in TGA 8421/1/44.

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