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image Adam vol.26/162

Reference number

Adam vol.26/162

Purpose

Study for a wall panel showing a classical head and shoulders in profile within a double circle, with cornucopia and swags on either side.

Aspect

Elevation

Signed and dated

Undated

Medium and dimensions

Black chalk, brown washes300 x 460, central vertical foldline

Hand

Unidentfied eighteenth-century artist

Watermark

shield with bend

Notes

The style of drawing here would suggest a French artist in the circle of Charles-Louis Clérisseau (1721-1820), although the decorative composition is closer to the Louis Seize tradition than that favoured by Clérisseau and his draughtsmen. There is a preliminary sketch for this composition on the verso of Adam vol.26/171.

Level

Drawing

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