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image Adam vol.4/110

Reference number

Adam vol.4/110

Purpose

Unfinished capriccio showing a ruined triumphal arch with couple free-standing columns on either side of several recessed arches, with similar columns leading to a hall with niches and relief panels.

Aspect

Perspective

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil on blue paper265 x 316

Hand

Charles-Louis Clérisseau (attributed to)

Notes

In the opinion of A. A. Tait, this drawing relates in time and place or subject to those contained in Adam volume 55. This exercise on the form of a triumphal arch may be seen in several by Robert Adam (see Adam vol.55/41 and 148), and it can be compared with a similar unfinished pen and pencil drawing by Adam in Adam vol.4/109. The use of coloured paper is untypical of Charles-Louis Clérisseau (1721-1820) although it is found in the later compositions by Adam in Adam volume 10.

Level

Drawing

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