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image Adam vol.57/121

Reference number

Adam vol.57/121

Purpose

Capriccio showing a street dominated by an irregular three-storied tower, square at the base and circular at the top, with a tiled porch. It is set against terraced walls with trees behind. In the distance is a three-bay pavilion.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 121

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen; brown washes133 x 214

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Pen drawings of part-diagrams.

Watermark

coat of arms

Notes

This may be a view based on the houses and towers constructed on the Palatine side of the Circus Maximus. The Piranesi view 'delle Case de Cesari sul Palatino' from Le Antichità Romane, 1756, shows a comparable and contemporary scene. The distant pavilion is similar to that shown in Adam vol.57/86 and 57/104, and also that of the Farnese Gardens facing the Circus.

Level

Drawing

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