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image Adam vol.57/18

Reference number

Adam vol.57/18

Purpose

Italy: Capua: Carcieri Vecchie. View of the Carceri Vecchie (Santa Maria Capua Venere) mausoleum at Capua, with ruins in the background.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in pencil in a later hand on the album leaf Between Capua & Caserta; in ink 18

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 20 April 1755.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, grey and brown washes155 x 264

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

This drawing may have been executed at the same time as Charles-Louis Clérisseau's survey of the amphitheatre at Capua, which was dated 20 April 1755, when he and Robert Adam were on their way back to Rome (see Adam vol.57/36). The mausoleum probably dates from the first half of the second century AD and is situated beside the Via Appia. The inscription on the album leaf in a later hand is the same hand as that found on Adam vol.57/25. Another drawing showing one of the entrance ruins at Capua, probably also executed on 20 April 1755, is in Adam vol.57/29.

Level

Drawing

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