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image Adam vol.57/150

Reference number

Adam vol.57/150

Purpose

Capriccio of the ruined interior of a domed circular temple entered through a coffered vault with a pedimented doorway on the left, showing three-bay and single-bay niches, and a cornice on two projecting columns with the dome above.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 150

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, brown and grey washes270 x 392

Hand

Robert Adam

Watermark

six-pointed star

Notes

The scale of this circular building suggests a source in the Pantheon, of which Robert Adam made interior and exterior studies that are found in the Clerk Collection, Scotland (Clerk 7 - 10). There is a similar capriccio by Adam in Adam vol.56/92. The character of the niches and free-standing columns may have been inspired by the interior of San Salvatore at Spoleto (see Clerk 143 and 168), which Adam visited in September 1755 (see J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, p.180).

Level

Drawing

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