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image Adam vol.57/65

Reference number

Adam vol.57/65

Purpose

Italy: ? Rome: unidentified location. View of an irregular villa, approached by a steep staircase and surrounded by a wall with machicolations. Adjoining is a small circular church with ruins in the background.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed on album leaf in ink by a later hand 65

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and watercolour (oxidised); pencil framing line171 x 265

Hand

Jean-Baptiste Lallemand (attributed to)

Notes

Similar examples of oxidisation are to be found in Adam vol.57/94 and also in two views in the Clerk Collection, Scotland (Clerk 63 and 88), both of Roman subjects: the Ponte Rotta and the Palatine Gardens from San Teodoro. All can be cautiously attributed to Jean-Baptiste Lallemand on the grounds of style and technique. As is the case in Adam vol.57/94, the number has been inscribed on the album leaf rather than the drawing, and is in a nineteenth-century hand.

Level

Drawing

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