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image Adam vol.26/142

Reference number

Adam vol.26/142


Record drawng of a woman's head in profile, wearing a hood and laurel wreath set in an oval form, lettered Livia.




Lettered in the drawing in chalk LIVIA.

Signed and dated


Medium and dimensions

Black and brown chalk with white heightening on blue paper 150 x 113


Unidentified eighteenth-century artist




The compositions in Adam vol.26/138-40 and 142 are all part of a set of drawings on blue paper, which are probably copies after antique gems or cameos. The Empress Livia shown in this drawing was the wife of the Emperor Augustus; this head in profile is the companion to that of Alexander the Great in Adam vol.26/140.



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