Inscribed in ink on drawing 128
verso inscribed in pencil Villa. and Justiniani/ Abbe Stonor
Signed and dated
Undated, probably 1755 - 56
Medium and dimensions
Pencil, black chalk
132 x 127, trimmed at base
Capriccio in pencil and pen showing part of a section through a domed building. Also on the sheet are three drawings of a penis.
Inscription: Abbé Christopher Stonor was in Rome from 1748 (see J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, pp.153, 219; also J. Ingamells, A Dictionary of British and Irish Travellers in Italy, 1701-1800, New Haven and London, 1977, p.900). The 'Villa Justiniani' presumably means the Villa Giustiniani at San Giovanni in Laterano, Italy (see I. Barsali, Ville di Roma: Lazio, Milan, 1970, p.393).
This plan is a variation of the square plan in Adam vol.55/170; there are other centralised plans of this type in volume 9 (see Adam vol.9/2, 40 and 68) and in Adam vol.2/188, which may have been drawn at a later date.
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