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image Adam vol.55/117

Reference number

Adam vol.55/117

Purpose

Capriccio showing a sarcophagus with segmental lid with antefixae. Inset is a group of funerary urns, all on a rectangular base with inscription panel; on either side are two busts.

Aspect

Perspectiveverso details

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 117

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, grey and brown washes216 x 220

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Pen and wash capricci showing various groups of trees of different species, and two details of clumps of vegetation.

Notes

The sarcophagus is based on the so-called Tomb of Nero, which was engraved by Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) in Le Antichitá Romane of May1756 as 'fuori di Porta del Popolo sull'antica Via Cassia'. There are other tomb capricci in this volume and in volume 9, see Adam vol.9/32 and 42.

Level

Drawing

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