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image Adam vol.26/70

Reference number

Adam vol.26/70

Purpose

Italy: Rome, Arcus Argentariorum. Record drawings for part of a pilaster. That on the left shows the foot decorated with twining foliage and rosettes arising from an acanthus plant. Next to this is another, unfinished part of a pilaster decorated with an eagle with a serpent in its beak.

Aspect

Elevations

Inscribed

Inscribed in pencil in a later hand Goldsmiths Arch/ at Rome

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1760 - 63

Medium and dimensions

Black chalk 424 x 287

Hand

Nicolas-François-David Lhuiller (attributed to)

Watermark

coat of arms

Notes

This is a drawing of one of the composite pilasters of the third-century Arcus Argentariorum, Rome (see also Adam vol.26/85). There is a careful study by Giovanni Battista Montano (1534-1621) that James Adam acquired with the Montano drawings in the Albani collection (see L. Fairbairn, Italian Renaissance Drawings from the Collection of Sir John Soane's Museum, 2 vols., London, 1998, II, p.606). There are two perspective views by Robert Adam of the Arch in the Clerk Collection, Scotland (Clerk 35 and 37). Both drawings are typical of the hand of Nicolas-François-David Lhuiller (d.1793) in this volume.

Level

Drawing

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