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image Adam vol.57/30

Reference number

Adam vol.57/30

Purpose

Italy: Pozzuoli: ? 'Temple of Diana'. View of a group of ruins, some vaulted, possibly the Temple of Diana at Pozzuoli, with a small path passing through broken walls and a distant landscape.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in pencil in a contemporary hand Baia; in ink 30

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, brown, blue and grey washes225 x 304 (two sheets joined)

Hand

Charles-Louis Clérisseau (attributed to)

Notes

This view may be associated with the drawing of thermal ruins shown in Adam vol. 57/17 and may be the same scene shown from a different angle and somewhat closer. Both views probably depict the Temple of Diana at Pozzuoli, also shown in Paoli, Avanzi Delle Antichita Esistenti a Pozzuoli Cuma e Baja, Naples, 1768, pl.XXVII. This drawing is on two joined sheets, similar to Adam vol.57/12, which is also by Charles-Louis Clérisseau.

Level

Drawing

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