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image Adam vol.55/32

Reference number

Adam vol.55/32

Purpose

Unfinished capriccio showing columns and pilasters supporting round-headed vaults on two levels, possibly ruinous. In the distance are more vaults and coffering.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 32

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Black chalk186 x 249

Hand

Charles-Louis Clérisseau (attributed to)

Watermark

star in circle

Notes

There is a group of similar sketches showing ruins in this volume, see Adam vol.55/71-77, all executed in a deliberately casual style, and which may have served as the inspiration for watercolours by both Robert Adam and Charles-Louis Clérisseau. Among this group, Adam vol.55/75 is close in spirit to the composition shown here; both are in black chalk and are probably related to the watercolour attributed to Clérisseau in Adam vol.55/67. There is another group of similar drawings in Adam volume 56, see Adam vol.56/87-108, several of which are by Clérisseau.

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Drawing

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