Inscribed in ink 57
Signed and dated
- Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.
Medium and dimensions
Pencil, grey, brown and blue washes115 x 175
S. Giovanni e Paolo was a short distance down the Monte Celio, below the Villa Celimontana. Jean-Baptiste Lallemand may have made this drawing when he was working here with Robert Adam (see Adam vol.57/50-57/52). The diagonal tree is the same as that found in several compositions by Adam in both the Roman and Neapolitan sections of Adam volume 57. The façade of the church is not shown accurately here, having five as opposed to seven Ionic bays. There is another view by Lallemand of the rear of the church from the alley of the Livus Scauri that may have been made at the same time (see Adam vol.56/151), and a similar view by Charles-Louis Clérisseau (see Charles-Louis Clérisseau (1721-1820) Dessins du musée de l'Ermitage Saint-Petersbourg, Musée du Louvre, Paris, 1995, p.116, cat.31). A more elaborate capriccio in gouache by Lallemand, showing this scene from beside the water, is illustrated in J. M. Sansum and A. Fioretti, eds. The Enlightened Eye, Images of Nature Observed and Perfected, New York, 1996, cat.40.
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