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image Adam vol.54/Series 5/1

Reference number

Adam vol.54/Series 5/1

Purpose

Capriccio showing a shallow domed, circular building with outbuildings, including an obelisk on top of a small tower at the head of steps. This is set in a landscape with trees and rocks in the foreground.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 1

Signed and dated

Undated, possibly 1757

Medium and dimensions

Pen; with two vertical pencil framing lines202 x 206

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

The composition of both buildings and landscape are typical of Robert Adam during his Roman period. The arching tree is a familiar motif and can be found in the next drawing in this volume, Adam vol.54/Series 5/2, and also in his tree studies in volume 56 (see Adam vol.56/10 and 31). The elevated pyramid, possibly a tomb, can be compared with the various capricci of tombs and sarcophagi in the same volume (see Adam vol.56/105). Another raised sarcophagus is seen in Adam vol.54/Series 5/6. The elements of fantasy can also be found in a group of drawings in volume 55 (see Adam vol.55/16, 18 and 20, of which 55/16 is closest in character to this drawing).

Level

Drawing

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