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image Adam vol.55/101

Reference number

Adam vol.55/101

Purpose

Capriccio showing a ruined building with coffered niche enclosing a three-bay screen between two pilasters. At right angles is an aedicular doorway with steps and relief panel above. It is set in a landscape of trees.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 101verso inscription in ink in Robert Adam's hand: [?] Burlarano de tue, si dide la Battaglia ma con una Massima / perdita. Gli Aleniesi eredevano che le Altre Natzioni non sapessero / l'arte di far la guerra mà appresero l'opposto nelle Ballaglia, ad / allora commininciarono ad ammorar Dimostpone / I miei amici veddero ieri l'altro ivostri in una Bella Carozza / e con bellisimi cavalli, cene sono inamorati, mi domandarone / li chi [altered] erano, rispos [crossed out] loro che non ne Sapero niente, mi pregarono / d informarmene e Subito [crossed out] di darmi loro Subito [superscript] la Risposta, Sono forse [superscript] peretre di [crossed out] / vostri di vostro Fratello, o del Signor Barone ditemelo [crossed out] vene [superscript] prego / mà e sarranno [crossed out] Siano [added] di Pietro o, di Paulo, [?] [crossed out] di Questo o di Quello, /Quando anche [?] foseno Sarebbano [crossed out] di Papa Benedetto [added superscript] [illegible - passage crossed out], Questo non me importa / niente vorrei Solamente che [? fosevo da vendere li comprerei ad ['d' crossed out] loro / qualsivoglio ['ogni no' crossed out] prezzo [illegible - passage crossed out], e ne farei loro [superscript] un ['a presente' crossed out] vegalo [superscript], [illegible] professo loro / oblighi punticolari quelle [crossed out] per cose gli quale [crossed out] vi diro di Bocca all [crossed out] prima / Incontro [?], Informativene bene e fatemelo Saper ['la' crossed out] quanta prima / vene ricordate dei Cavalieri delle quali le cui [superscript] manieri Sono cosi pacevali / nelle conversazioni, e che tutte le persone di Spirito Sod ano tanto in /agui luogo, La Carrozza e dei Cavalli da quali mi parlaste [...]

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pen166 x 214

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

The inscription in Robert Adam's hand is likely to be some compositional exercise with its mixture of topical and historical events; the reference to 'Papa Benedetto' presumably refers to Benedict XIV, Pope from 1740-1758.

Watermark

bird and monti

Notes

There is a smaller scale variation of this composition in Adam vol.55/104. The inscription on the verso shows that this sheet has clearly been re-used.

Level

Drawing

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