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image Adam vol.26/127

Reference number

Adam vol.26/127

Purpose

Record drawing of part of a frieze showing a garland suspended between two triangular candelabra and tied by festoons; centrally, above the garland, is a conical cap (apex).

Aspect

Elevation

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1760 - 1763

Medium and dimensions

Red chalk 272 x 398; trimmed at the left-hand side

Hand

Nicolas-François-David Lhuiller (attributed to)

Notes

This composition is close to one of the four panels beside the door of the Pantheon, Rome, although they lack the conical cap or apex associated with Roman priests (see H. d'Espouy, Fragments d'Architecture Antique, 2 vols., Paris, 1905, p.11, pl.73). A similar apex above a garland is shown in Adam vol.26/81; there is a version of this drawing in album four of the Hardwick drawings in the RIBA by Giuseppe Manocchi (c.1731-82). (see J. Lever, Catalogue of the Drawings Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects, L-N, London, 1973).

Level

Drawing

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