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image Adam vol.26/117

Reference number

Adam vol.26/117

Purpose

Record drawing of two panels of trophy reliefs showing various military forms (somewhat indistinctly), in a continuous series.

Aspect

Elevation

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1761 - 1763

Medium and dimensions

Pen, brown wash on washed paper 442 x 145

Hand

Unidentified eighteenth-century artist

Notes

There are a number of drawings of this sort of subject in Adam vol.26/112-117 that are all probably after the undercut reliefs from the pillars in the Uffizi in Florence (see also Adam vol.26/88). There were two pillars each with four relief panels. The columns were removed from Rome to Florence in 1588 and in the eighteenth century were set up at the entrance to the Uffizi Gallery (see P. Bober and R. Rubinstein, Renaissance Artists and Antique Sculpture, Oxford, 1986, p.206). In February 1761 James Adam admired the Palazzo Vecchio of the Uffizi and wrote in his journal: 'Palazzo Vecchio, where there are in the Cortile some columns wrought in the antique style in the most superb manner. The apartments of the palace are full of grotesque ornaments, but of a kind superior to any I ever saw, which made me form the project of employing a young painter to copy them in my absence' (see James Adam, The Library of the Fine Arts, II, 1831, p.175).
There are similar compositions in Adam volume 19 (see particularly Adam vol.19/101-2). The drawings are probably tracings on very fine oiled paper, now rearranged.

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Drawing

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