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image Adam vol.57/161

Reference number

Adam vol.57/161

Purpose

Italy: Rome: unidentified location. View of a fenced enclosure with two wooden, thatched buildings, one having a single bay portico, approached through a turnstile. In the background are the walls of a fortress surrounded by conifers.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 161; verso in ink in a contemporary hand non dan pace

Signed and dated

  • Undated

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, brown and grey washes178 x 238

Hand

Unidentified eighteenth-century artist

Verso

The inscription, meaning 'given no peace', may indicate a weary draughtsman.

Notes

The enclosure with turnstile and the thatched, wooden pavilions suggest that this my be a zoo or aviary. There were examples of the latter in both the Farnese and Borghese gardens in Rome, and it is possible that the buildings shown here are the domed uccelliere of 1617-19 by Girolamo Rainaldi at the Villa Borghese.

Level

Drawing

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