Inscribed in a contemporary hand Nero's frontispiece and in a different hand Colonna Garden - fragment of the Temple of the Sun / Rome.; and dimensions 16:3" long and 9:6 high.
Signed and dated
Undated, probably 1760 - 63
Medium and dimensions
279 x 467
Nicolas-François-David Lhuiller (attributed to)
There is another study of the decorative sculpture in the Colonna gardens in Adam vol.26/69, and views of the gardens themselves are found in Adam volume 57 (see Adam vol.57/100 and 115). The rear wall of the temple (Serapis) was known in the eighteenth century as the 'Frontispizio di Nerone', and it was illustrated in E. Duperac, Vestigi dell'Antichità di Roma (Rome, 1575), before its destruction in 1630. The sculpture shown here is from that wall. The drawing is annotated with dimensions in feet and inches, and this and the other 'Colonna' inscription may be by James Adam's draughtsman, George Richardson (d.1813) (see J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, pp.368-9).
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