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image Adam vol.57/46

Reference number

Adam vol.57/46


Italy: ? Naples. Study of the side of a throne or table carved as a griffin on a simple plinth.




Inscribed in ink 46

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably April 1755.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, brown and grey washes104 x 91


Robert Adam


This small drawing, together with Adam vol.57/45 and 57/45, 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. In fact, this drawing may be the feet of one of the marble tables that Adam referred to (see J. Fleming, Robert Adam and his Circle, London 1962, p.155).There is a drawing of a similar table from the Capitoline Museum in Adam vol.26/62.



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