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image Adam vol.26/129

Reference number

Adam vol.26/129


Record drawing of a Corinthian capital.




Inscribed in pencil in a nineteenth-century hand Capital of the Temple of Vesta at Tivoli

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1760 - 1763

Medium and dimensions

Red chalk 411 x 442


Nicolas-François-David Lhuiller (attributed to)


fleur de lys in two circles


This Corinthian capital may be from the Temple of Sybil (Vesta) at Tivoli, Italy. There are two capitals from Tivoli illustrated in G.L. Taylor & E. Cresy, The Architectural Antiquities of Rome, (2 vols., London, 1821, vol.II, p.7), both with fluted columns unlike this drawing. It is also possible that this may be a capital from Palestrina that matches the cone-shaped rosette centre. There is a black chalk drawing in a similar hand showing half of a Corinthian capital among the Piranesi (1720-78) drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York (see F. Stampfle, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, 1978, pl.27, p.xxxiii).



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