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image Adam vol.55/93

Reference number

Adam vol.55/93

Purpose

Capriccio showing a ruined, circular and domed temple with columns and the remains of a pediment on a rusticated basement in a landscape setting; in the background are three bays of an arcade and possibly a pyramid. Also on the sheet is a coffered niche containing a group of possibly three funerary monuments and inscription panel.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 93

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pen252 x 217

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

There is a similar composition in Adam vol.55/100, seen from a different angle with the pyramid and arcade very clearly in the background; another similar composition is in 55/104. These drawings suggest that small-scale and very informal sketches such as these were intended as the source for ruin compositions in the style of Charles-Louis Clérisseau (1721-1820) or Jean-Baptiste Lallemand (1716-1803), see particularly Adam vol.55/97.

Level

Drawing

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