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image Adam vol.57/61

Reference number

Adam vol.57/61


Italy: Rome: Ponte Molle. View of two battlemented towers and bastions at the fortified end of the Ponte Molle, Rome.




Inscribed in ink 61

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, grey and brown washes122 x 179


Robert Adam (attributed to)


This view can be compared with Piranesi's print of 1762 of the Ponte Molle, which shows the tower and archways in greater profile, before its restoration by Valadier in 1805. However, the drawing here attributed to Robert Adam gives only two of the four major bays of the Ponte Molle and lacks the detailing of the relief niches between each arch. The composition may be compared with the view of a fortified bridge by Charles-Louis Clérisseau in Adam vol.57/145.



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