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image Adam vol.57/45

Reference number

Adam vol.57/45


Italy: ? Naples. Study of a table leg carved in the form of a young satyr holding a basket, drawn in profile.




Inscribed in ink 45

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably April 1755.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, brown and grey washes144 x 92


Robert Adam


This small drawing, together with Adam vol.57/44 and 57/46, are on the same album leaf as vol.57/43 and on account of their subject-matter may be part of the drawings that form the 'Voyage de Naples' set. All three depict antique artefacts that may well have been seen by Robert Adam at Herculaneum or elsewhere around Naples in 1755. The later pencil additions on the right continue onto the album leaf, showing they were added after the shhet had been pasted into the album.



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