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image Adam vol.57/111

Reference number

Adam vol.57/111

Purpose

Italy: Rome: unidentified location. View from a battlemented wall of a tall square tower in two stages, surrounded by a machicolated wall enclosing a garden containing trees, probably on the edge of Rome.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 111 (altered from 110 by a contemporary hand)

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, grey and brown washes144 x 238

Hand

Jean-Baptiste Lallemand (attributed to)

Notes

The ungainly tower in this view is presumably set on the edge of Rome beside the Aurelian Walls. A similar type of structure is depicted in Adam vol.57/56 and 57/108, and the building also appears in the background of Adam vol.57/123, which may suggest its location is between Rome and Albano. There is an account of such Roman towers in R. Krautheimer, Rome, Profile of a City, 312-1308, Princeton, 1980, pp.289-310.

Level

Drawing

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