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image Adam vol.55/154

Reference number

Adam vol.55/154

Purpose

Capriccio showing an interior of a decorated, domed and circular building with the wall divided by columns and piers into screened and vaulted recesses, and two niches containing sculpture and a third niche with a pyramid sarcophagus.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 154

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, grey wash 142 x 202

Hand

Robert Adam (attributed to)

Notes

There are similar interior views in chalk in Adam vol.55/80 and 147. The pyramid sarcophagus can be compared with those in the capricci in volume 56. The light and assured draughtsmanship here may possibly be that of Laurent-Benoít Dewez (1731-1812) rather than Robert Adam's.

Level

Drawing

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