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image Adam vol.57/141

Reference number

Adam vol.57/141

Purpose

Capriccio of a large urn with figures in relief, surrounded by architectural fragments. To the right is a niche with figure flanked by giant columns on bases with relief panels.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 141

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, penand grey wash, on brown washed paper; ink framing line253 x 280

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Unfinished pencil capriccio of column and capitals, similar in composition to the drawing on the recto.

Notes

This capriccio may be compared with that in Adam vol.57/139. The urn depicted is similar to the type of vase found in the Villa dei Medici in c.1780, although Robert Adam's source of inspiration here and in Adam vol.57/139 is probably Piranesi. (See Piranesi Vasi, Candelabri, Cippi, Sarcophagi, 1778, particularly that shown as being from the Villa Albani.) Use of brown washed paper is also found in Adam vol.57/47 and 57/86.

Level

Drawing

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