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image Adam vol.57/128

Reference number

Adam vol.57/128

Purpose

Capriccio of a damaged obelisk supported by three figures on a base. It is beside a two-bay ruin with sculpture-filled niches between giant projecting columns that support a balustrade. In the background is a pyramid.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 128

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.

Medium and dimensions

Pen 167 x 197

Hand

Robert Adam

Watermark

dove on monti

Notes

This sketch is widely similar to several pen capricci by Robert Adam with a pyramid as a theme found in Adam vol.55, for example Adam vol.55/104. The style of the base of the obelisk and the ruin behind it are also found boldly interpreted in Adam vol.57/139.

Level

Drawing

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