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image Adam vol.26/50

Reference number

Adam vol.26/50

Purpose

Italy: Rome, Forum of Trajan. Record drawing of a rectangular panel showing two griffins in relief on either side of a large decorated urn. At either end are tiered candelabra; part of an Egg-and-dart border is shown.

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Inscribed

Inscribed in ink in a contemporary hand Pallazzo della Valle

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1760 - 63

Medium and dimensions

Black chalk183 x 473

Hand

Nicolas-François-David Lhuiller (attributed to)

Notes

James Adam referred to the 'Freezes Palazzo delle Valle' in his 1762 list of 'Good Antiquitys yet to be procur'd at Rome' (National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh, Clerk of Penicuik Collection, GD18/4954). Presumably this was thought to be one of them, although it is in fact part of the entablature from the Forum of Trajan and is in the Vatican collection (see P. Bober and R. Rubinstein, Renaissance Artists and Antique Sculpture, Oxford, 1986, p.92, who also give an account of the delle Valle collection, pp.479-80). There is a similar panel from Trajan's Forum in Adam vol.26/53; another panel, illustrated by Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-78), is at the Villa Albani (see Piranesi, Vasi, Candelabri, Cippi, Sarcophagi, Rome, 1778).

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