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image Adam vol.55/114

Reference number

Adam vol.55/114

Purpose

Capriccio showing the elevation, possibly of a memorial, composed of antique fragments with two urns on either side of an inscription with a relief above and two more fragments, the top with three figures in profile.

Aspect

Elevation

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 114

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pen130 x 121

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

There are several designs by Robert Adam for wall tombs, such as Adam vol.55/115 or 89 verso, but none are so obviously compiled from antique fragments. The classical sarcophagus appears in numerous Adam tombs after his Townshend memorial of c.1761 in Westminster Abbey.

Level

Drawing

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