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image Adam vol.55/99

Reference number

Adam vol.55/99

Purpose

Capriccio showing a curving colonnade of five bays with niches behind and the remains of a dome above. Beyond this is another colonnade and barrel-vaulted structure. In the foreground is a sarcophagus.

Aspect

Perspectiveverso Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 99verso inscribed in ink in contemporary hand architecture depei sdep [?]

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pen, grey and brown washes, chalk169 x 220

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Capriccio in pen and black chalk showing two bays of a triumphal arch of the Constantine form, leading to an apsidal hall. It is set in a similar cliff landscape to that shown in Adam vol.55/96; to one side is a tree.

Notes

Like the composition in Adam vol.55/98 this drawing may be related to several in volume 56, especially the group that have a sarcophagus as a common theme, see Adam vol.56/102.

Level

Drawing

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