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image Adam vol.57/73

Reference number

Adam vol.57/73

Purpose

Italy: unidentified location. View of a ruined free-standing triumphal arch with coupled pilasters, niche and relief sculpture. Astride a road, it is seen from below and beside a stone arch.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 73

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, blue and brown washes203 x 255

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

There is a sketch for this view on the verso of Adam vol.57/72. The single opening arch depicted does not resemble any that existed in Rome in the eighteenth century, although that of Gallienus is perhaps the closest (see E. Nash, Pictorial Dictionary of Ancient Rome, London, 1968, vol.I, p.116). The rectangular panel of relief sculpture is comparable to a panel in a similar position on the Arch of Titus; a similar triumphal arch appears in Charles-Louise Clérisseau's capriccio in Adam vol.57/144.

Level

Drawing

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