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image Adam vol.57/120

Reference number

Adam vol.57/120

Purpose

Italy: unidentified location in or near Romw. View of a collection of irregular buildings and trees possibly on the Palatine or in the Roman campagna, surrounded by a high buttressed wall; it is situated on a bluff above a road approached over a causeway of four bays.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 120

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen; brown, blue and grey washes; pencil framing line176 x 237

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

The extent and height of the walls shown in this sketch suggest that they are antique fortifications adapted to a domestic complex. Like Adam vol.57/56, the location is perhaps on the Palatine or in the Roman campagna.

Level

Drawing

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