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image Adam vol.57/80

Reference number

Adam vol.57/80

Purpose

Italy: unidentified location. View of two ruined vaults composed of large blocks of stone, leading up steps to more vaulting. In the foreground is vegetation.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 80

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.

Medium and dimensions

Black chalk with white heightening on grey paper289 x 212

Hand

Jean-Baptiste Lallemand (attributed to)

Watermark

bird on monti

Notes

The style of drawing and use of chalk here are atypical of the Adam drawings, although this is probably the work of someone in the Clérisseau circle, possibly Jean-Baptiste Lallemand. The drawing itself may well be a study for the lower vaulting in the topographical views (of the Domus Augustiana or one of the mausolea on the road to Albano).in Adam vol.57/123 and vol.57/127. The former is in Charles-Louis Clérisseau's hand and the latter in that of Robert Adam.

Level

Drawing

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