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image Adam vol.57/33

Reference number

Adam vol.57/33

Purpose

Italy: Baia: 'Temple of Diana'. View of the 'Temple of Diana' seen across the water, with a boat in the foreground.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in pencil in a contemporary hand Baia; in ink 33

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, grey, brown and blue washes135 x 232

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

This view by Robert Adam shows the 'Temple of Diana' from a distance, another depiction of which is found in Adam vol.57/15. There is also a closer view of the building in Adam vol.57/38 attributed to Charles-Louis Clérisseau, which may have served as the source for the latter's drawing in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (3611) (see Charles-Louis Clérisseau (1721-1820) Dessins du musée de l'Ermitage Saint-Petersbourg, catalogue of exhibition at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, 1995, fig.57). In a letter of April 1755, Adam referred to this temple as one of 'which my friend Clérisseau & I took sketches' (National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh, Clerk of Penicuik Collection, GD18/4796). A similar view is illustrated in Abbé de Saint-Non, Voyage Pittoresque en Sicile et Naples, Paris, 1781-6, vol.II, pl.23, opp. p.215, and in Paoli, Avanzi Delle Antichita Esistenti a Pozzuoli Cuma e Baja, Naples, 1768, pl.LII, where it is wrongly identified on the plate as 'dedicato a venere' [dedicated to venus].

Level

Drawing

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