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image Adam vol.4/104

Reference number

Adam vol.4/104

Purpose

Unfinished capriccio showing the ruined interior of a barrel-vaulted hall with elaborate ceiling decoration, two Ionic columns with lintel and thermal window above. Beside a flanking wall are two free-standing statues on rectangular plinths.

Aspect

Perspective

Signed and dated

Undated

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, ink framing lines303 x 363

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

In the opinion of A. A. Tait, this drawing relates in time and place or subject to those contained in Adam volume 56. This drawing may be the source for the more sophisticated watercolour in Adam vol.19/176, which is later and possibly not by Robert Adam. The composition here is closely modelled on those by Charles-Louis Clérisseau (see Charles-Louis Clérisseau (1721-1820) Dessins du musée de l'Ermitage Saint-Petersbourg catalogue of exhibition held at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, 1995, p.140) and the other capricci in Adam volume 56. There is a drawing in a similar hand, also unfinished, in Adam vol.4/112.

Level

Drawing

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