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image Adam vol.26/65

Reference number

Adam vol.26/65

Purpose

Record drawing of a candelabrum base showing Eros holding a shield, with two rams' heads at the top and the base supported by sphinxes and foliage, with a central anthemion.

Aspect

Elevation

Signed and dated

Undated

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil382 x 256

Hand

Unidentified eighteenth-century artist

Notes

This drawing is a more simplified companion to the three wash drawings of similar candelabra in Adam vol.26/173. The composition can be compared with 'summer' from the Four Seasons of an antique candelabra that was housed at the Villa Farnesina during James Adam's period in Rome. A similar one is at the Villa Albani (see P. Bober & R. Rubenstein, Renaissance Artists and Antique Sculpture, Oxford, 1986, p.94). There is a drawing in the Albani collection from which this sheet may have been copied when the collection was in James Adam's possession in 1762 (see Cornelius Vermeule, 'The Dal Pozzo-Albani drawings of classical antiquities at Windsor Castle, Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, 56, 1966, p.101). There is also a similar form, as a funerary altar, illustrated as plate 50 in volume 2, part 1 of B. de Monfauçon, L'Antiquité expliquée et représentée en figures (10 vols., Paris, 1719).

Level

Drawing

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