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image Adam vol.57/26

Reference number

Adam vol.57/26

Purpose

Italy: Baia: the Imperial Villa: ? 'Temple of Apollo'. View of a group of ruins in a flat landscape beside a lake, probably the 'Temple of Apollo' at Baia, with large rectangular windows and a series of tall towers on two levels. Vegetation is shown in the foreground to the right.

Aspect

Perspectiveverso sketch of a grotesque panel

Inscribed

Inscribed in pencil in a contemporary hand Baia; in ink 26

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, brown, blue and grey washes186 x 340

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Sketch in black chalk for a grotesque panel.

Notes

This drawing depicts more ruins of the thermal complex at Baia, which are also depicted in Adam vol.57/17 and 57/30. The latter drawing, which is probably by Clérisseau, is taken from virtually the same viewpoint, albeit closer, as this drawing by Robert Adam. It is likely that the drawing depicts the 'Temple of Apollo' beside the Lago di Averno, and it can be compared to that of Giovanni Battista Natali (1698-1765) in Paoli, Avanzi Delle Antichita Esistenti a Pozzuoli Cuma e Baja, Naples, 1768, pl.XLIII. The sketch on the verso is unlikely to be related to Baia, and is simply an example of the sheet being re-used, as was the case with Adam vol.57/19.

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Drawing

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