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image Adam vol.26/67

Reference number

Adam vol.26/67

Purpose

Record drawing of the foot of a marble table or bench supported by stylised animal's feet. Between them is a rectangular panel with acanthus scrolls and rosettes. Above the central acanthus are Isaic symbols of basket, serpents and sistra.

Aspect

Elevation

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink in a contemporary hand P Mattei

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1760 - 63

Medium and dimensions

Black chalk 212 x 305

Hand

Nicolas-François-David Lhuiller (attributed to)

Watermark

coat of arms (part)

Notes

This drawing is probably a copy of the drawing in the Albani collection that James Adam had in his possession in 1763 (see Cornelius Vermeule, 'The Dal Pozzo-Albani drawings of classical antiquities at Windsor Castle, Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, 56, 1966, fig.76, p.106). It is possible also that both this and the Albani drawing were copied from the sculpture in the Mattei collection, as the inscription implies although Vermeule refers only to Roman examples in the Palazzo dei Conservatori, Capitoline Museum. Adam vol.26/49 shows another study from the Mattei collection, and there is a view of the vaulted interior in the Clerk Collection, Scotland (Clerk 13).

Level

Drawing

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