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image Adam vol.57/44

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Adam vol.57/44


Italy: ? Naples. Study of a tripod table




Inscribed in ink 44 and with dimensions

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably April 1755

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and brown and grey washes 179 x 129


Robert Adam


On 7 April 1755, Robert Adam saw at Herculaneum '...earthen vases and marble pavements just dicovered while we were on the spot and were shown some feet of tables in marble which were dug out the day before we were there'. This small table may be one of such objects that he studied and drew, and the original is probably in the Museum at Portici. It was later engraved by Piranesi in his Vasi, Candelabri, Cipi, Sarcofogi of 1778.



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