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image Adam vol.26/62

Reference number

Adam vol.26/62

Purpose

Record drawings of a side table with a concave base and top, which is supported by two (of possibly three) griffins. Beside this is a funerary altar with a rectangular inscription panel flanked by two rams' heads, with a swag between the two; below the inscription panel is a small winged figure and below this at the corners are two crouching eagles.

Aspect

Perspectives

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink in a contemporary hand (below side table) Capitol Lettered on the funerary altar inscription panel D M / IULIA FLE / PEREGRINA / OPTIME MIRITA [?]

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1760 - 63

Medium and dimensions

Black chalk 274 x 427, central vertical foldline

Hand

Nicolas-François-David Lhuiller (attributed to)

Watermark

coat of arms

Notes

The annotation under the side table 'Capitol' denotes the Capitoline Museum in Rome. The traditional altar form shown is similar to that in Adam vol.26/63 and they may both be studies of the two principal faces. The drawing is probably derived from similar forms shown in J. J. Boissard, Antiquitatum Romanorum, Frankfurt, 1598. Bernard de Montfauçon (1655-1741) used these in his section on 'Urnes Sépulcrales' (see L'Antiquité expliquée et représentée en figures, Paris, 1719, 10 vols., vol.5 part 1). A similar perspective drawing, but from a higher viewpoint and in pen and grey wash, is amongst the Charles-Louis Clérisseau drawings in the Hermitage, St Petersburg, Russia (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.96, pl.8). There are versions of both the table and the altar in a similar hand in the Sir John Soane's Museum (see SM 129/135 and 140). The table may be compared with that from Herculaneum, which Robert Adam drew during his Naples tour of 1755 (see Adam vol.57/46), and it is shown as the base for a marble vase in G. B. Piranesi, Vasi, Candelabri, Cippi, Sarcophagi, etc., Rome, 1778, pl.36. It is anotated there that the 'Tripode che si conserva nel Museo Capitolino', where it was was when drawn by Giovanni Battista Montano (1545 - 1621) in the early seventeenth century (see L. Fairbairn, Italian Renaissance Drawings from the Collection of Sir John Soane's Museum, 2 volumes, London, 1998, II, p.728). The classical inscription panel shows four lines of funerary text in Latin.

Level

Drawing

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