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image Adam vol.57/7

Reference number

Adam vol.57/7

Purpose

Italy: ? San Vito. View of a ruined and overgrown mausoleum, probably at San Vito, with an inscribed tablet shown between the bases of four fluted columns; the area of the tomb is entered through a round-headed archway next to a tree.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in pencil in a contemporary hand Lago; in ink 7

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil. pen, grey wash233 x 270

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

A calculation in brush and grey wash.

Notes

This drawing may show one of the mausolea found at San Vito, of which two views by Giovanni Battista Natali (1698-1765) are found in Paoli's Avanzi Delle Antichita Esistenti a Pozzuoli Cuma e Baja, Naples, 1768, pls. XXXV and XXXVI. Robert Adam's drawing shows the following inscription carved in the face of the mausoleum: 'Nobilis Progenies / Neroaniana / Hic Tumulatus Iacet'; this inscription is not referred to in Paoli. The mausoleum was originally from the tunnel system of the Lago Fucino (see Adam vol.57/1) and was later set up in Avezzano (see R. Fabretti, De Columna Traiani Syntagma, Rome, 1683, pp. 404-5).

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Drawing

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