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image Adam vol.55/74

Reference number

Adam vol.55/74

Purpose

Unfinished capriccio showing vaulted ruins with three overgrown curved and colonnaded walls with the remains of another storey above. In the foreground are architectural fragments.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 74

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pen, black chalk188 x 204

Hand

Charles-Louis Clérisseau (attributed to) with Robert Adam (attributed to)

Watermark

horned crown [part]

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. The chalk underdrawing here shows that the composition was intended to have the right arcade developed further and the shadows of the vaulting and colonnades emphasised. The chalk drawing, probably in Clérisseau's hand, has been overdrawn in ink by Robert Adam.

Level

Drawing

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