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image Adam vol.57/66

Reference number

Adam vol.57/66

Purpose

View or capriccio of a small ruined tower with niche above a series of ruined vaults on the side of a hill, possibly taken on the Palatine, Rome. In the background is a domed church.

Aspect

Perspective verso, elevation/detail

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 66

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, grey and brown washes128 x 148

Hand

Jean-Baptiste Lallemand (attributed to)verso, Robert Adam (attributed to)

Verso

Study in black chalk showing three composite capitals.

Notes

The smooth and less contrived style of drawing here would suggest this is by Jean-Baptiste Lallemand rather than Robert Adam or Charles-Louis Clérisseau, although the capitals on the verso are likely to be by Adam. The view possibly depicts the arcaded substructures in the Palace of Septimus Severus on the south-east side of the Palatine, or the Domus Tiberiana on the bridged Nova Via, although the composition suggests it may be a capriccio (see Adam vol.57/68).

Level

Drawing

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