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image Adam vol.54/Series 5/18

Reference number

Adam vol.54/Series 5/18

Purpose

Capriccio showing a gorge or pass cut through mountains, beside which is a sarcophagus; above is a large Gothic cathedral-like structure with pyramid-topped towers and battlements. This is just below a circular domed structure with columns and vaulting, with another building in the distance.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 18

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 or 1757

Medium and dimensions

Pen210 x 184

Hand

Robert Adam

Watermark

crown, royal arms

Notes

The cathedral-like building in this composition is similar in style to those in the Gothic section of this volume, Adam vol.54/Series 4. The extreme mountainous landscape may be compared with other compositions in this section (see Adam vol.54/Series 5/14) and the circular building is a version of those on the verso of Adam vol.54/Series 5/10. The verso of Adam vol.55/162 shows a similar gorge with tombs, and may have strayed from this volume and section. The mountain landscape with a road at its foot appears with a similar pass in Adam vol.54/Series 5/6. These two drawings may have been immediately inspired by the journey Robert Adam had made to Ancona, Italy in September 1755, when he passed through the Passo del Furlo and Vespasian's Tunnel (see Clerk Collection, Scotland, Clerk 137 and 139). It might equally have been inspired by the picturesque landscape Adam passed through on his return journey from Italy in 1757.

Level

Drawing

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