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image Adam vol.55/54

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Adam vol.55/54


Decorative design for a panel of relief sculpture showing two, winged anthropomorphic putti with a griffin with scrolling tail.


Elevationverso elevation, plan


Inscribed in ink on drawing 54

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pen, black chalk115 x 200


Robert Adam


Capriccio in pen showing part of an elevation of a portico with balustrade above and rusticated tower; also a small plan of a colonnaded square with apsidal end.


Robert Adam's inspiration for such a panel comes from the classical reliefs in either the Temple of the Sun, or that of Antoninus and Faustina, in Rome, Italy, and were used by Charles-Louis Clérisseau (1721-1820) in his decoration of his Roman House or Museum for Catherine II of Russia (see T. McCormick, Charles-Louis Clérisseau and the Genesis of Neo-Classicism, Cambridge, Massachusetts and London, 1990, p.187). There are drawings after both sources in Adam volume 26, which were probably acquired by James Adam in Rome.



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