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image Adam vol.26/47

Reference number

Adam vol.26/47

Purpose

Italy: Rome, Temple of Vespasian in the Imperial Forum. Record drawing for a rectangular soffit panel of a symmetrical composition of rosettes and entwined foliage. The border is unfinished and has Egg-and-dart and dentil forms.

Aspect

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Inscribed

Inscribed in ink in a contemporary hand soffite of Jove Tonante; in chalk L (possibly a signature); in pencil in a nineteenth-century hand Temple of Vespasian

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1760 - 63

Medium and dimensions

Black chalk366 x 487, foldline

Hand

Nicolas-François-David Lhuiller (attributed to)

Notes

This drawing is a variation on the architrave soffit from the remains of the Temple of Jupitor Tonans (now Vespasian) in the Forum of Augustus, the Imperial Forum. However, it is possible that it may have come from its near contemporary in the Forum Romanum, the Temple of Castor. Both buildings reflected the high quality of Augustan decorative architecture. The composition and hand, as well as the inscribed capital 'L', attribute this drawing to Nicolas-François-David Lhuiller (d.1793).

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Drawing

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