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image Adam vol.55/162

Reference number

Adam vol.55/162

Purpose

Unfinished capriccio showing an elevation of a triumphal arch with single opening, flanked by an aedicular niche with statue, relief sculpture above and inscription panels in attic.

Aspect

Elevationverso perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 162; inscribed in ink in a contemporary hand Cortinella. 5 pauliss the Canno [?]

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pen, grey wash157 x 204

Hand

Robert Adam (attributed to)

Verso

Unfinished pen capriccio showing a tree beside a ruined tomb on a woody cliff in a narrow valley. This landscape sketch is similar to those on Adam vol.55/51 verso, and it is similar to the landscape section in volume 54 (see Adam vol.54/Series 5/18).

Notes

The triumphal arch is possibly a variation of the more sketchy composition of an arch in Adam vol.55/136; it is a compendium of several Roman arches, especially that of Titus in the Forum. Another example may be found on the verso of Adam vol.55/166. In the style of draughtsmanship, this drawing, like Adam vol.55/161, belongs with the group of exercises in grey wash in Adam vol.55/176-78.

Level

Drawing

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