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image Adam vol.26/106

Reference number

Adam vol.26/106

Purpose

Study of interior decoration showing part of a frieze with two incomplete panels, one rectangular, the other oval, both having framing figures; between them is scrolling foliage with animals and other figures.

Aspect

Elevation

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1760 - 63

Medium and dimensions

Red chalk 226 x 399

Hand

Nicolas-François-David Lhuiller (attributed to)

Notes

This frieze is unlikely to be antique and more probably is of the sixteenth century by Perino del Vaga (1501-47), perhaps inspired by similar compositions in the Vasari Album, which James Adam may have acquired when he was in Rome (see L. Fairbairn, Italian Renaissance Drawings from the Collection of the Sir John Soane's Museum, 2 vols., London, 1998, II, p.400). There are several compositions by Giuseppe Manocchi (1731-82) after 'perino del vargo' in album three of the Hardwick drawings in the RIBA (see 3/19, J. Lever, ed., Catalogue of the Drawings Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects, L-N, London, 1973, and a few sixteenth-century designs, 3/36). Along with the drawings of the interior of the Villa Albani, Rome (see Adam vol.26/46), and of the Cesi chapel of Santa Maria della Pace, Rome (see Adam vol.26/108-9), this drawing is probably one of the few decorative drawings not after the antique in this Adam volume.

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Drawing

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