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image Adam vol.4/67

Reference number

Adam vol.4/67

Purpose

Unfinished capriccio showing a draped figure seated on a strigillated sarcophagus within a projecting niche, with more niches on either side. To one side is a composition of a pyramid, arcade and round tower.

Aspect

Perspectives

Signed and dated

Undated, possibly 1755-56

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen193 x 267

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 55.Probably showing a niche tomb, this is a more sophisticated version of the drawing in Adam vol.55/115. The unfinished pyramidal composition may be compared with those in Adam vol.55/104-107. Although all are unfinished, it is evident that the tomb capriccio was to be inked over the pencil.

Level

Drawing

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