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image Adam vol.55/75

Reference number

Adam vol.55/75

Purpose

Capriccio showing a group of classical ruins around a courtyard, with two walls and the remains of a coffered ceiling. A portico at one end is linked by pilasters to an open screen; above the portico is a relief panel and belvedere.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 75

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Black chalk190 x 270

Hand

Charles-Louis Clérisseau (attributed to)

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 latter watercolour, which is by Clérisseau, is a larger version of this composition and shows perspective lines that would indicate it was taken from a sketch such as this, and worked up either by Adam, as in 55/74, or by Clérisseau. There is possibly a detail of the vaulted upper storey in Adam vol.55/32.

Level

Drawing

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