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image Adam vol.57/119

Reference number

Adam vol.57/119

Purpose

Italy: ? edge of Rome. View of a large irregular three-storied villa with central Venetian window, with a diagonal tree in the foreground. The villa is set above smaller buildings, with a two-bay four-storied square tower behind.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 119

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen; brown, blue and grey washes; pencil framing line163 x 251

Hand

Charles-Louis Clérisseau (attributed to)

Verso

Unfinished pen sketch of a landscape and trees.

Notes

The three-bay section of the villa with pedimented windows on one façade and a Venetian window or Serliana arrangement on the other façade indicates it clearly as a sixteenth-century building, possibly added onto an earlier building behind. The style of the building may be compared with the three-bay tower in Adam vol.57/104. The aqueduct arches in the distance suggest the site is possibly on the edge of Rome. The tower and circular structure in the background is of the same type as seen in Adam vol.57/93.

Level

Drawing

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