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image Adam vol.57/29

Reference number

Adam vol.57/29

Purpose

Italy: ? Capua. View of a single-vaulted arch, having another, smaller vaulted arch and niche on either side, possibly one of the entrances to Capua. Through the arch a square, domed tower is set on vaulted ruins, with debris in the foreground.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 29

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1755.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, grey wash211 x 269

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

The view depicted here may be compared with the view shown in Abbé de Saint-Non, Voyage Pittoresque en Sicile et Naples, Paris, 1781-6, vol.II, p.246, and may depict one of the ruins of the entrance to ancient Capua. Robert Adam was at Capua in April 1755 on his way to Monte Cassino and ultimately Rome (see J. Fleming, Robert Adam and his Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, p.157). For another possible entrance to Capua see Adam vol.57/18.

Level

Drawing

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