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image Adam vol.26/35

Reference number

Adam vol.26/35

Purpose

Italy: Rome, Colonna gardens. Record drawing of part of a frieze showing a transmogrified putto holding a libation towards a tall candelabrum. Beside the putto is a lion entwined in foliage and rosettes. Underlying this are various sketch details including rosettes, foliage and lion's paws.

Aspect

Elevation, details

Signed and dated

Undated

Medium and dimensions

Red chalk 391 x 514

Hand

Nicolas-François-David Lhuiller (attributed to)

Watermark

fleur de lys in double circle

Notes

This drawing is a variation on the frieze of the Temple of the Sun, which was in the Colonna gardens, Rome, in the eighteenth century. There is a probable detail of the base of the putto in Adam vol.26/52, which is inscribed 'Colonna Garden - fragment of the Temple of the Sun / Rome'. The drawing overlays an original sheet of sketch details. There is a large group of black and red chalk drawings in this volume attributed to Nicolas-François-David Lhuiller (d.1793), showing the same clarity of outline and background vertical strokes. Little is known of Lhuiller, who was a Roman protégé of Charles-Louis Clérisseau (1721-1820). He was described as 'dans le même temps que Clérisseau formait un sculpteur d'ornements, qui devint aussi très habile, L'huiller, ce professeur dirigea ses études à Rome sur les plus beaux ornements, lui en développa les principes dont il avait fait une étude particulière, et lui procura des travaux considérables pour divers anglais avec lesquels il était en correspondance' (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.23).

Level

Drawing

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