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image Adam vol.57/136

Reference number

Adam vol.57/136

Purpose

Unfinished capriccio of a seated figure on a square base beside a larger monument with a decorated sarcophagus on top, surrounded by classical fragments at the edge of a columned and pilastered temple, with trees in the background.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 136

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, grey wash215 x 290

Hand

Charles-Louis Clérisseau

Notes

This is an unfinished sketch for a more elaborate watercolour composition, as are the pencil and pen drawings in Adam vol.57/144 and 57/146. There are several further similar ones in The Hermitage collection (see Charles-Louis Clérisseau (1721-1820) Dessins du musée de l'Ermitage Saint-Petersbourg, catalogue of an exhibition at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, 1995). Both the strigillated sarcophagus and the seated classical figure are stock motifs in such works (see Paris catalogue, 1995, op. cit., pl.56 and fig.5), and can be compared with the sarcophagus series in Adam volume 56, for example 56/71-3.

Level

Drawing

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