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image Adam vol.7/71

Reference number

Adam vol.7/71

Purpose

Designs for four trophies on plinths shown as triangular compositions of military weapons, flags and insignia with a large urn and personal armour.

Aspect

Details

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1762-63

Medium and dimensions

Pen, brown wash on grey washed paper, partially squared in pencil425 x 312

Hand

James Adam, Office of

Notes

These designs are based on the Trophies of Marius from the Piazza Campidoglia, Rome, of which there are also versions in Adam vol.26/88-92, and those from Trajan's Column (see Charles-Louis Clérisseau (1721-1820) Dessins du musée de l'Ermitage Saint-Petersbourg, catalogue of an exhibition held at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, 1995, p.92, pl.1). In his unfinished essay on architectural theory of 1762 James Adam wrote '... military trophies are a noble resource...' (see J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, p.318). There are two panel designs based on similar trophies in Adam vol.19/89-90?, signed by Giuseppe Manocchi (c.1731-82) and dated 1766.

Level

Drawing

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