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image Adam vol.57/145

Reference number

Adam vol.57/145

Purpose

View of a square fortified tower with upper watchtower, standing beside a three-bay bridge with fortified gateway. Beyond is a small town with a hilltop castle in the background.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 145

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, grey and brown washes126 x 182

Hand

Charles-Louis Clérisseau

Verso

Pencil drawing of a group of buildings and tree on a cliff.

Notes

This drawing is similar in style and size to the group found in Adam vol.57/81-83 and 57/126, attributed to Charles-Louis Clérisseau. The view is presumably one of the fortified bridges outside Rome but on the Tiber, such as the Ponte Salario that was rebuilt in 1867, or Nomentano that was destroyed in 1829 (see R. Krautheimer, Rome, Profile of a City, 312-1308, Princeton, 1980, p.63). There is a similar view of a fortified bridge in Adam vol.57/61, attributed to Robert Adam.The two top and lower left corners have been torn off, suggesting this drawing has been laid into a previous album.

Level

Drawing

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