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  • image Adam vol.26/61 extra

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Adam vol.26/61 extra


verso Unfinished sketch for part of an arabesque.


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  • Undated

Medium and dimensions

verso pencil599 x 455, folded




Pencil sketch for part of an arabesque.


fleur de lys in a circle


This is a folded sheet inserted in the volume at this point, which was probably the original album leaf for drawings Adam vol.26/62-64. It was probably retained because of the pencil sketch on the verso. In this respect it may be compared with additional drawings found in Adam volume 55 (see Adam vol.55/1 extra, 171 extra, 179 extra).



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