Explore Collections Explore The Collections
You are here: CollectionsOnline  /  Record drawing showing two putti holding a garland over their shoulders; behind them is a relief showing two figures carrying off a third figure in a quadriga.
top left corner
top right corner
bottom left corner
bottom right corner
image Adam vol.26/156

Reference number

Adam vol.26/156

Purpose

Record drawing showing two putti holding a garland over their shoulders; behind them is a relief showing two figures carrying off a third figure in a quadriga.

Aspect

Elevation

Signed and dated

Undated

Medium and dimensions

Pen 242 x 306

Hand

Unidentified eighteenth-century artist

Watermark

shield with bar

Notes

This drawing may be taken from a sarcophagus or altar relief; the use of putti to frame a mythological vignette was fairly common in antiquity. Several examples are illustrated in G. B. Piranesi, Vasi, Candelabri, Cippi, Sarcofagi, etc. (Rome, 1778). The unimpressive draughtsmanship here is similar to that found in Adam vol.26/171.

Level

Drawing

Digitisation of the Drawings Collection has been made possible through the generosity of the Leon Levy Foundation

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: drawings@soane.org.uk

Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.

Browse (via the vertical menu to the left) and search results for Drawings include a mixture of Concise catalogue records – drawn from an outline list of the collection – and fuller records where drawings have been catalogued in more detail (an ongoing process).