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image Adam vol.21/27

Reference number

Adam vol.21/27

Purpose

View of an irregular group of ruined, battlemented towers over a single arch, with another arch over a river. In the distance are two ruins, one of which is a circular mausoleum.

Aspect

Perspectiveverso details

Signed and dated

  • Undated, possibly 1755 or 1756.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil306 x 200

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Detail of an antique capital, and unfinished sketch of a column and capital in a vaulted structure, in pencil

Watermark

Two lines of indicipherable letters

Notes

In the opinion of A. A. Tait, this drawing relates in time and place or subject to those contained in Adam volume 57. It may originally have been in the Roman section of Adam volume 57, and belong to Robert Adam's Roman period (1755/56). This may be a view of the Porta Nomentana, Rome, which lost its crenellated fifteenth-century tower in 1829 (see R. Krautheimer, Rome, Profile of a City, 312-1308, Princeton, 1980, p.64). The circular mausoleum in the distance may be the same one that is now in the park of the Villa Blanc in the Via Nomentana.

Level

Drawing

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