Inscribed in ink on drawing 134
Signed and dated
Undated, probably 1755 - 56
Medium and dimensions
Pen, grey wash
208 x 154
Capriccio in pen showing the elevation of a two-story building with recessed centre of a three-bay coved screen between aedicular niches containing sculpture. Below is part of sketch elevation and details of two figures.
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The elevations on the recto and verso are for the same project, although that on the verso has a richer façade. The drawing techniques also differ, that on the verso using hatching for shadows rather than the grey wash of the recto. The architectural style, particularly of this elevation on the recto, is that of the Roman cinquecento palazzo, and it may be compared with the alternative elevations in the same manner in Adam vol.4/70 (see A. A. Tait, Robert Adam: drawings and imagination, Cambridge, 1993, p.164). There is a version of both the plan and elevation by Laurent-Benoít Dewez (1731-1812) among the Dewez drawings in the Rijksarchief, Brussels, thirteen albums, of which one contains 70 'Dessins d'Italie' (seeDewez 1/13).
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