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image Adam vol.55/133

Reference number

Adam vol.55/133

Purpose

Unfinished capriccio showing an elevation of a statue in a garlanded niche between arabesque pilasters, flanked by free-standing fluted columns with statues on top. An inscription panel forms the attic storey. To one side is part of a plan and elevation of a triumphal arch.

Aspect

Elevations, plan (part)verso plans, perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 133

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Chalk, pen, brown wash189 x 245

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Capricci showing three sketch plans in black chalk and pen for an apsidal building. Also on the sheet is a drawing of a colonnade.

Notes

The elevation of this presumably funerary monument is composed of antique fragments from various sources rearranged in a tradition that Robert Adam would have found in work associated with Charles-Louis Clérisseau (1721-1820) at the Villa Albani, Rome, Italy. A similar composition of antique fragments may be seen in Adam's fountain capriccio in Adam vol.55/113. The faint chalk drawing to one side is a continuation of the scheme and is to the same scale.

Level

Drawing

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