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image Adam vol.9/67

Reference number

Adam vol.9/67

Purpose

Design for an urn on a pedestal. The urn has two handles and a pine cone finial. It stands on a square plinth decorated with an eagle above a swag and a lion mask. Below the urn and to its right are unfinished drawings of a foot and a hand. There are pen tryouts at the top left of the sheet

Aspect

Elevation and detailsVerso, drawing of deciduous foliage

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 67

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1755 - 1756

Medium and dimensions

Pen, black chalk; verso black chalk157 x 110

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Drawing of deciduous foliage in black chalk.

Notes

There are similar urn compositions in Adam vol.55/114 and all may be related to those given in Giovanni Battista Piranesi's collected edition of Vasi, Candelabri, Cippi, Sarcophagi, etc., Rome, 1778. The drawings of the hand and foot show that the sheet has been re-used, as does the foliage on the verso. The figure drawings on the verso of Adam vol.54/Series 5/5 are similar to those here.

Level

Drawing

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