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image Adam vol.4/122

Reference number

Adam vol.4/122

Purpose

Capriccio showing part of a ruined Colosseum-like building of three stories adjoining a two-bay cottage with small tower and balcony. Alongside is a roadway with three figures, one mounted, and a child beneath a tree.

Aspect

Perspective

Signed and dated

Undated, probably c.1763

Medium and dimensions

Pen, grey wash on brown washed paper276 x 381

Hand

Antonio Zucchi

Notes

In the opinion of A. A. Tait, this drawing relates in time and place or subject to those contained in Adam volume 26.This drawing may be compared with similar examples in the Blair Adam collection (see A. A. Tait, Robert Adam at Home, Edinburgh, 1987, p.5), and it is dated to c.1763 (see A. A. Tait, Robert Adam, The Creative Mind: from the sketch to the finished drawing, catalogue of an exhibition at Sir John Soane's Museum, London, London, 1996, p.46). It may have been collected in Rome at that time when Antonio Zucchi (1726-95) was employed by James Adam.

Level

Drawing

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