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image Adam vol.57/146

Reference number

Adam vol.57/146

Purpose

Capriccio of a group of stone blocks forming a fountain, with an antique lidless sarcophagus serving as the basin, being used by three washerwomen with baskets. In the background is a pilastered colonnade.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 146

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, brown wash280 x 221

Hand

Charles-Louis Clérisseau

Notes

Charles-Louis Clérisseau's composition of stone blocks here is similar to that of antique fragments in his drawing in Adam vol.57/140, and to other drawings by Robert Adam in Adam vol.57/137 and 57/153. Washerwomen using a sarcophagus as their basin is a traditional motif found in views of the antique, and can be found in several similar compositions in Adam volume 56 (see for example Adam vol.56/92).

Level

Drawing

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