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image Adam vol.26/178

Reference number

Adam vol.26/178

Purpose

Italy: Rome, Santa Maria del Priorato. Record drawing of a design for the entrance screen or garden front of the church, showing a pedimented arch flanked by two blind bays with sculpture panels above and urns.

Aspect

Elevation

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink in a contemporary hand the Waste Side -

Signed and dated

Undated, possibly 1763

Medium and dimensions

Pen, grey washes 121 x 270, trimmed diagonally at four corners, three vertical foldlines

Hand

Unidentified eighteenth-century artist, possibly George Richardson

Notes

In 1764 Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-78) began reconstruction of the 1568 church of Santa Maria del Priorato, Rome for the Knights of Malta; the building was completed in 1766. Like Adam vol.26/177, which has an inscription in the same hand and similar draughtsmanship, this drawing may be a copy of a finished drawing of c.1763, and the draughtsman may possibly be George Richardson (d. c.1813). The drawing has been folded three times, like Adam vol.26/177, which suggests postal transmission. The drawing shows the church as built, apart from the window panels, and can be compared with an early half-elevation in the Kunstbibliothek in Berlin, Germany (see J. Scott, Piranesi, London, 1975, p.219).
There is a drawing of the façade of Santa Maria del Priorato in Adam vol.27/48.

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Drawing

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