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image Adam vol.52/132

Reference number

Adam vol.52/132

Purpose

Unfinished design for an antique frieze showing anthropomorphic putti entwined with rosettes on either side of anurn. Above on the sheet is design for part of a candelabra.

Aspect

Details

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink in a contemporary hand Fregio del vaso Grande trovato in una Vigna 3 miglia fuori de Roma sul / anno 1764

Signed and dated

1764

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil143 x 323

Hand

Robert Adam (attributed to)

Watermark

part of coat of arms

Notes

In the opinion of A. A. Tait, this drawing relates in time and place or subject to those contained in Adam volume 26.Although James Adam left Rome in May 1763 the composition of this sketch is similar to numerous drawings in volume 26. It is clearly based on a copy of an antique fragment and probably in the hand of Robert Adam. The subject of the drawing can be compared with a similar antique find of 1757 (see Adam vol.25/190) and emphasises the close connection maintained by the Adam Office with Rome in the early 1760s

Level

Drawing

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