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image Adam vol.55/31

Reference number

Adam vol.55/31

Purpose

Capriccio showing an interior elevation for an aedicular doorway framed by arabesque pilasters with animal sculpture on decorated bases below circular, framed paintings.

Aspect

Elevationverso detail

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 31verso inscribed in ink in Robert Adam's hand - sempre al delei commanda / sempre al sura commanda / sara sempre va ben venuta / sempre il ben venuta

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pen76 x 164, trimmed at top

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Landscape detail in pen. The inscription is part of an Italian grammar lesson, written in Robert Adam's hand.

Notes

The drawing suggests a contemporary rather than an antique interior, especially in the circular, framed pictures, which are possibly portraits. It can be compared with Adam vol.55/58, which shows an even more obviously contemporary interior.

Level

Drawing

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