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image Adam vol.57/56

Reference number

Adam vol.57/56

Purpose

Italy: Rome: ? Torre delle Milizie. View of an irregular tower in a walled garden with other domestic buildings, seen from the grounds of a small church with campanile, possibly on the banks of the Tiber.

Aspect

PerspectiveVerso, sketch elevations

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 56

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, grey, brown and blue washes; three pencil framing lines102 x 170

Hand

Jean-Baptiste Lallemand

Verso

Two pencil sketches of vaulting, with a staircase and domed structure at one end.

Notes

This small watercolour by Jean-Baptiste Lallemand can be compared with his red chalk drawing in Adam vol.55/97 and may have had a similar effect in stimulating Robert Adam's imagination. The technique in this watercolour is close to that of Adam vol.57/57, and the tower that is its subject may be the same one depicted in Adam vol.57/111, which is also attributed to Lallemand. The view may show the thirteenth- or fourteenth-century Torre delle Milizie near Trajan's market, Rome (see R. Krautheimer, Rome, Profile of a City, 312-1308, Princeton, 1980, p.319).

Level

Drawing

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