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image Adam vol.55/97

Reference number

Adam vol.55/97

Purpose

Capriccio showing a ruined circular temple with dome on a basement above a series of vaults. To one side is a column on a square base surmounted by a statue. It is set in a landscape.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 97

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Red chalk88 x 115

Hand

Jean-Baptiste Lallemand

Verso

Pencil lines.

Notes

This small chalk drawing by Jean-Baptiste Lallemand (1716-1803) served as the basis for the larger pen and wash drawing by Robert Adam in Adam vol.55/107. It makes clear the connection between these small very sketchy drawings and the composition lessons of Lallemand and Charles-Louis Clérisseau (1721-1820), and the more architectural lessons of Laurent-Benoít Dewez (1731-1812).

Literature

Rep. A. A. Tait, Robert Adam, The Creative Mind: from the sketch to the finished drawing, catalogue of an exhibition at Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 1996, p.22

Level

Drawing

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