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image Adam vol.55/100

Reference number

Adam vol.55/100

Purpose

Capriccio showing a ruined circular temple with columns on a rusticated basement; to one side is an arcade and pyramid, and on the other side is a sarcophagus with architectural fragments in a landscape. At the top of the sheet is part of a plan of a circular building with projecting portico.

Aspect

Perspective, plan (part)verso details

Inscribed

In ink 100

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil135 x 159

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Ink wash drawing of several branches of trees in leaf.

Notes

There is a version of this composition in Adam vol.55/93 with modifications of the colonnade, and another variation in 55/104. A weak drawing attributed to Charles-Louis Clérisseau (1721-1820) in Adam vol.56/120 reworks the same essential elements of pyramid and colonnade.

Level

Drawing

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