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image Adam vol. 57/8

Reference number

Adam vol. 57/8

Purpose

Italy: unidentified location near ? Lago Fucino or ? Pozzuoli. View of a subterranean tunnel with vaulted archway and walls showing details of construction; roof in part collapsed.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in pencil in a contemporary hand Lago [partially trimmed]; in ink 8

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, grey and brown washes218 x 264

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

This is another sheet from the dismembered Lago sketchbook, and, in its depiction of the brick and tufa construction, this drawing is close compositionally to Adam vol.57/3. The drawing probably shows one of the tunnels at the Lago Fucino, but it is also possible that it depicts the interior passages of the amphitheatre at Pozzuoli, two views of which are found in Paoli, Avanzi Delle Antichita Esistenti a Pozzuoli Cuma e Baja, Naples, 1768, pls. XXIII and XXiV.

Level

Drawing

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