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image Adam vol.26/68

Reference number

Adam vol.26/68


Record drawing of a decorated vault showing in the centre a male face in relief surrounded by four rosettes in foliage.


Ceiling plan

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1760 - 63

Medium and dimensions

Pencil and black chalk


Nicolas-François-David Lhuiller (attributed to)


There is a similar drawing of a vault also attributed to Nicolas-François-David Lhuiller (d.1793) in Adam vol.26/48, which shows a comparable figure and rosette composition (see also Adam vol.26/130). Adam vol.26/48 is annotated as deriving from the 'Villa Medicis' and this drawing may have a similar provenance. It can also be compared with the vault soffit shown in A. B. Desgodetz, Les Édifices Antiques de Rome, Paris, 1682 (see the 1779 reprint, p.72, pl.111). There are smaller versions of the composition in a similar hand in Sir John Soane's Museum, SM 129/130 and 145.



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