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Reference number

Adam vol.54/Series 3/20

Purpose

Design showing an altarpiece with large consoles joined by a swag with a relief panel above and part of a capriccio of landscape and buildings flanked by two standing figures.

Aspect

Detail, perspectiveverso design [part]

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink in a contemporary hand Jean Bologne

Signed and dated

Undated, possibly 1757

Medium and dimensions

Pen123 x 113

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Pen drawing of part of a design for a decorated obelisk, which is similar to several in this section (see Adam vol.54/Series 3/13).

Notes

The position of this drawing in volume 54 suggests that it may be a sketch made by Robert Adam on his return from Italy in the autumn of 1757 and so contemporary with section 4 (Series 4) of the volume. It has little relevance to the other compositions of 'Ornamental Sketches & Mouldings' in this section. The inscription may refer to the architect-sculptor Jean Boulogne, who was responsible for work on the choir of Antwerp Cathedral, Belgium in the late fourteenth century. Robert Adam had seen Antwerp on his way to Italy in 1754, when he admired Peter Paul Rubens' Descent from the Cross (1611-14), which 'almost exceeds ones imagination' (see (National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh, Clerk of Penicuik Collection, GD18/4743). Adam found Antwerp 'a very noble city' (see J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, p.243). The alternative reading would be the sixteenth-century sculptor Giovanni Bologna working in Florence.

Level

Drawing

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