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image Adam vol.55/58

Reference number

Adam vol.55/58

Purpose

Capriccio showing a room with console table with urn and statuettes, relief panels and urn on bracket beside a deep embrasured window. It is divided by a columned screen from an apsidal end that has three bays with a doorway flanked by niches containing urns, with relief panels above.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 58

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Black chalk164 x 237

Hand

Robert Adam (attributed to)

Watermark

names

Notes

The domestic arrangement of this interior suggests a contemporary Adam room rather than an exercise in the antique. The console table and the placing of objects upon it as well as the sculpture in niches strongly reinforce this view. The composition might easily be an early sketch for an Adam interior such as that for Lansdowne House, Berkeley Square in London of c.1762. This composition can be compared with another possibly contemporary interior found in Adam vol.55/31. It is also close to the more antique interior found in Adam vol.56/100 (see J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, pl.68).

Level

Drawing

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