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image Adam vol.57/76

Reference number

Adam vol.57/76

Purpose

Italy: Rome: Porta Metronia. View of a ruined square tower with irregular round-headed windows above a gateway arch and three-bay arcading with battlements to one side. It is the Porta Metronia, situated between the Porta Asinaria and Porta Latina.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 76

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, brown, grey and blue washes128 x 171

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Pencil sketch of a group of pilastered ruins.

Notes

This drawing by Robert Adam, like the drawing in Adam vol.57/71, is in the style of Jean-Baptiste Lallemand. Although the Porta Metronia still exists, it is much changed, and Adam's drawing is closer to the spirit of the print made by Rossini for Le Porte antiche e moderne del recinto di Roma, 1829 (see E. Nash, Pictorial Dictionary of Ancient Rome, London, 1968, vol.II, p.214). This view may be compared with a watercolour in the Clerk Collection, Scotland (Clerk 55) that shows the Pyramid of Cestius in the background.

Literature

'Bob the Roman', Heroic Antiquity & the Architecture of Robert Adam, catalogue of an exhibition at Sir John Soane's Museum, 2003, cat.58.

Level

Drawing

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