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image Adam vol.26/69

Reference number

Adam vol.26/69

Purpose

Italy: Rome, Colonna gardens, Temple of the Sun. Record drawing of part of a frieze showing two scrolling pieces of foliage enclosing part of a rosette, all in high relief.

Aspect

Elevation

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink in a contemporary hand Nero's frontispiece

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1760 - 63

Medium and dimensions

Black chalk 216 x 300

Hand

Nicolas-François-David Lhuiller (attributed to)

Notes

This drawing attriuted to Nicolas-François-David Lhuiller (d.1793) shows part of the entablature of the Temple of the Sun in the Colonna gardens, Rome. There is a photograph of this fragment in E. Nash, Pictorial Dictionary of Ancient Rome, 2 vols., 2nd ed., London, 1968 (see II, p.383). The temple was pulled down c1630 and the remains then incorporated into the palace garden. There is another drawing of a fragment with a similar inscription in Adam vol.26/52; the rear wall of the temple (Serapis) was known in the eighteenth century as the 'Frontispizio di Nerone', and it was illustrated in E. Duperac, Vestigi dell'Antichità di Roma (Rome, 1575), before its destruction in 1630. There are also views of the Colonna garden by Robert Adam in the Roman section of Adam volume 57.

Level

Drawing

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