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image Adam vol.55/119

Reference number

Adam vol.55/119

Purpose

Capriccio showing a vaulted, arcaded hall with niches and a spiral staircase leading to a ruined, domed hall with coffering. In front and at a higher level is a pedimented portico with some sort of urn on a pedestal.

Aspect

Perspectiveverso perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 119

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pen, brown wash131 x 188

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Italy: Rome, Casa Guarnieri. Drawing in black chalk of the tiled roofs seen from Casa Guarnieri, which was near the Villa Malta on a site fronting the Via Sistina and the Via Francesco Crispi. This drawing can be compared with the finished view in Adam vol.57/151, which Robert Adam inscribed 'Sketch from my window in palazzo Guarnieri'. James Adam also stayed here in 1761.

Notes

The composition with a staircase leading up to a temple can also be seen in the sectional drawing in Adam vol.55/110.

Level

Drawing

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