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image Adam, vol.57/48

Reference number

Adam, vol.57/48

Purpose

Italy: Rome: ? Acqua Julia. View of the ruins of five arches of a Roman aqueduct, possibly the Acqua Julia, in a landscape setting. In the foreground are irregular domestic buildings.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 48

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, grey washes; pencil framing line on added bottom strip184 x 285

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

This drawing and Adam vol.57/49 are among the numerous drawings that Robert Adam made of the Roman aqueducts - Marcia, Claudia, Felice. His interest was perhaps especially fired by Piranesi, who was at work in the 1750s on his Le Rovine del Castello dell'Acqua Giulia, 1761. Around this time, Adam also acquired his manuscript of Carlo Fontana's Utilissimo Trattato dell'Acque Correnti, 1696, which John Soane later bought in the Adam sale of 1818 (see Catalogue of A Valuable Collection of Antique Sculpture etc. R. Adam, Christie's, London 21 & 22 May 1818). It is also possible that this is a view of the ruins on the Palatine (see R. Keaveney, Views of Rome, London, 1988, pl.17).

Level

Drawing

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