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image Adam vol.55/107

Reference number

Adam vol.55/107

Purpose

Capriccio showing a ruined circular temple, partially open, with shallow coffered dome above a two-bay bridge with sculpture and balustrading, which leads to a column on a pedestal with a figure on top.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 107

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pen, grey wash179 x 215

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

This composition is an enlarged version of the red chalk drawing by Jean-Baptiste Lallemand (1716-1803) in Adam vol.55/97. The small bridge is a version of that found in 55/105, which was probably also derived from Lallemand. The band of grey wash on the album leaf suggests that an additional wash was given to the drawing after it was placed in its present position, presumably by Robert Adam (see Adam vol.55/108).

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.7

Level

Drawing

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