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image Adam vol.57/49

Reference number

Adam vol.57/49

Purpose

Italy: Rome: ? Acqua Claudius. View of three bays of an aqueduct, possibly the Acqua Claudius (Arcus Caelimontani) in a garden setting. In the background is a two-storied villa, which may be the Villa Celimontana (Mattei al Celio).

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 49

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, grey wash; three pencil framing lines162 x 268

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

This is one of several drawings of the Roman aqueducts that Robert Adam made, perhaps at the suggestion of Piranesi, although there is another possible source in a pencil drawing by Jean-Baptiste Lallemand (see Adam vol.57/7). The curving structure in the distance may be the branch of the Arcus Neroniani. Adam vol.57/89 may depict the same subject taken from a different position, with the villa pavilion in the distance. Adam made a drawing of the antiquities in a villa garden, probably that of the Villa Celimontana, in Adam vol.57/50.The Acqua Claudia, of the 1st century AD, had the Arcus Caelimontani as its western branch.

Level

Drawing

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