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image Adam vol.57/86

Reference number

Adam vol.57/86

Purpose

Italy: Rome: ? Casino Farnese, or possibly a capriccio. View or capriccio of a group of three-storied buildings with a three-bay pilastered belvedere above a courtyard with a sphinx fountain.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 86

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen; brown washes on brown washed paper129 x 173

Hand

Robert Adam (attributed to)

Notes

The drawing in Adam vol.57/104 may be another view of the building in this drawing from a more central angle, although details do not correspond. However, the composite picture suggests a sixteenth-century belvedere tower above elaborate gardens of the same period, perhaps the Casino Farnese, with the addition of a rectangular cinerarium raised on a wall. It could also be some form of monastic structure outside Rome, or possibly a capriccio.Brown washed paper can also be found in Adam vol.57/47 and 57/141.

Level

Drawing

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