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image Adam vol.55/48

Reference number

Adam vol.55/48

Purpose

Unfinished capriccio showing three sides of the interior of a large hall with semi-engaged columns supporting vaulting, with a view to a curved arcade on steps, part of a doorway with pediment on consoles in an arch to one side.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing in two places (recto and verso) 48

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Black chalk279 x 402, with vertical fold line

Hand

Robert Adam

Watermark

crowned horn and letters

Notes

There are two other interiors of a similar type of building to that depicted here in Adam vol.55/81 and 118, the former showing an equally bold and informal style of drawing to that found here, which is closer in spirit perhaps to Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-78) than to Charles-Louis Clérisseau (1721-1820).

Level

Drawing

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