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image Adam vol.55/73

Reference number

Adam vol.55/73

Purpose

Capriccio showing a partially-ruined interior with central columns supporting a vaulted roof. A thermal window looks into a curved colonnade, which has a screen on one side and an aedicular window on the other, and relief sculpture.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

In ink 73

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pen182 x 216

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, attributed to Robert Adam by John Fleming without comment (see caption to fig.8, J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, p.166), differs from the less free drawings in 55/71 and 76 that are likewise attributed to Adam. The lower of the two small pen sketches on the verso of Adam vol.55/81 may be a source for this composition.

Literature

Rep. J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, fig.8, p.166.

Level

Drawing

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