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image Adam vol.55/118

Reference number

Adam vol.55/118

Purpose

Possibly unfinished capriccio showing the interior of a hall with coffered vaulting, below which are three large arches with three-bay screens joined by niches; another arch and vaulting opens to one side. Below on the sheet is a small plan for a square roof lantern.

Aspect

Perspective, plan verso perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 118

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Black chalk, ink 225 x 267

Hand

Robert Adam (attributed to)

Verso

Unfinished capriccio in black chalk showing an interior with curving colonnade seen from under a vaulted, coffered arch.

Notes

The inspiration for this capriccio may be the interior of Santa Maria degli Angeli, Rome, which Robert Adam visited and studied in June 1755, and of which there are views in the Clerk Collection, Scotland (Clerk 3) (see J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, p.352 (note to p.161) and pl.63). Other comparable drawings are an unfinished interior in Adam vol.4/88; a pencil and chalk version of a similar composition in Adam vol.55/143 verso in the same hand, which may not be that of Robert Adam (see note to 55/143 verso attributing the drawing possibly to Clérisseau); and a composition by Adam in Adam vol.56/131.
The ink overdrawing serves to reduce the composition, cutting out the unfinished vaulted ceiling.

Level

Drawing

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