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image Adam vol.55/71

Reference number

Adam vol.55/71

Purpose

Capriccio showing an interior of a ruined apsidal, vaulted hall with pedimented doorways entered through a large depressed arch, with sculpture in panels and niches, and ruined coffering above.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 71

Signed and dated

Undated, 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pen143 x 186

Hand

Robert Adam

Watermark

star in circle

Notes

This composition is part of a group of mostly ink drawings, Adam vol.55/71-77, executed in a deliberately casual style that may have served as the inspiration for more elaborate watercolours by both Robert Adam and Charles-Louis Clérisseau (1721-1820) that can be seen in volume 56, see Adam vol.56/123, and in this volume in Adam vol.55/67. This drawing can be seen to have been taken from the small pen sketch in Adam vol.55/81 verso. It is in Robert Adam's rather cramped hand and contrasts with the freedom of other sketches by Adam such as 55/72 or 73. The accuracy of the perspective here is doubtful.

Level

Drawing

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