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image Adam vol.57/20

Reference number

Adam vol.57/20

Purpose

Italy: ? environs of Velletri.View of three tombs and a statue on a circular base, situated beside a path in a woodland setting, probably near Velletri. Two of the tombs are in the form of strigillated sarcophagi supported by herms, and the third is an oval-topped cylinder decorated with swags.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in pencil in a contemporary hand Voyage de Napole - Veletri; in ink 20. Verso: inscribed in ink in a contemporary hand de Veletri

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1755.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, brown and grey washes204 x 312

Hand

Charles-Louis Clérisseau

Notes

'Veletri' is probably referring to Velletri, which is south of Rome and on the Via Appia. If this is the case, these funerary monuments may be those found near Civita Lavinia and Velletri, later admired by James Adam in 1761. The bold and lively style of this drawing, and its abundant use of highlights, is typical of Charles-Louis Clérisseau's work on this tour.

Level

Drawing

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