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image Adam vol.1/243

Reference number

Adam vol.1/243

Purpose

Italy: Sora, Isola di Liri, Falls of Liri. View showing a large waterfall and bridge with a rocky riverbed below. To the left is an irregular castello with a classical porch, and below are domestic buildings incorporating ancient ruins.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 151; Verso in pencil in a contemporary hand .....Brige'

Signed and dated

Undated, probably June 1756.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, brown and grey washes323 x 505

Hand

Robert Adam

Watermark

Countermark: IV

Notes

In the opinion of A. A. Tait, this drawing relates in time and place or subject to those contained in Adam volume 57.This view has been identified by Fleming as the Falls of Liri at Isola di Liri, which Robert Adam visited with Charles-Louis Clérisseau (1721-1820) in June 1756 on their tour to Sora. (See J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, pp.208-211). It can be related to the drawing in Adam vol.57/34 and the ink and hand of the number are the same in both volumes. According to Fleming, their tour to this area, 60 miles south of Rome, 'had been distinctly less productive and he and Clérisseau brought back few drawings to add to their survey of Roman architecture' (Fleming, op.cit., p.211).

Literature

J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, pl.56

Level

Drawing

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