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image Adam vol.26/74

Reference number

Adam vol.26/74

Purpose

Italy: Rome, Villa Medici. Record drawing of a fragment showing foliage, with a rosette emerging from acanthus leaves.

Aspect

Elevation verso details

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink in a contemporary hand Villa Medicis; in chalk L

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1760 - 63

Medium and dimensions

Black chalk on buff paper 541 x 189 with central fold line

Hand

Nicolas-François-David Lhuiller (attributed to)

Verso

Unfinished drawings in black chalk of acanthus leaves; this may be an abandoned first attempt of the drawing on the recto.

Notes

This is a study of another part of the fragment in Adam vol.26/73; unlike the latter, this drawing is inscribed with a capital L, which suggests the hand is that of Nicolas-François-David Lhuiller (d.1793). The fragment here was not illustrated in H. d'Espouy, Fragments d'Architecture Antique (2 vols., Paris, 1905), but it is illustrated in G. B. Piranesi, Vasi, Candelabri, Cippi, Sarcophagi, etc. (Rome, 1778) as 'questo si vede nella Villa Medici a Roma'.

Level

Drawing

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