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image Adam vol.56/104

Reference number

Adam vol.56/104

Purpose

Capriccio showing a curved arcade of columns, supporting a sculptural frieze, in front of which is a sarcophagus on a plinth with an inscribed tablet. In the foreground are Ionic and Corinthian capitals and two diminutive figures.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 63; and in red ink 104.

Signed and dated

Undated, probably between 1755 and 1757.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, watercolour360 x 306, top 2 corners trimmed diagonally; damage caused by 6 glue spots during removal from previous location

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

This composition of a sarcophagus against a curving wall may be compared with Adam vol.56/126, attributed to Charles-Louis Clérisseau. A possible source for this drawing is Robert Adam's vigorous and free pen drawing in Adam vol.55/99, which shows a similar curved building with a sarcophagus in the foreground. It may also be compared with similar compositions by Clérisseau and by Charles Natoire (see McCormick Charles-Louis Clérisseau and the Genesis of Neo-Classicism (Cambridge, Massachusetts and London, 1990), p.134, pl.112 by Clérisseau and pl.113 by Natoire).

Level

Drawing

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