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image Adam vol.7/211

Reference number

Adam vol.7/211

Purpose

Study of three rectangular panels of arabesques, each emerging from a vase form, with rectangular, circular and oval medallions with relief figures, all entwined with rosettes and foliage.

Aspect

Elevations

Signed and dated

Undated

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, brown wash896 x 298 (two joined sheets)

Hand

James Adam, Office of

Watermark

Shield with bend

Notes

The three panels shown here are derived from the panels in the Vatican loggia (see Adam vol.26/33-37 and 26/188-201, which were also collected for James Adam). There is another set of twelve such panels, also from an Adam source, at the Soane Museum, SM AL29E. Unlike those, the drawings here are in pen and wash rather than watercolour, and the draughtsmanship is much weaker; they may have been copied in Rome.

Literature

Repr. A. A. Tait, Robert Adam: drawings and imagination, Cambridge, 1993, fig.69

Level

Drawing

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