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image Adam vol.56/60

Reference number

Adam vol.56/60

Purpose

Capriccio of classical ruins showing the three-bay portico of a temple with two-bay pilastered naos surrounded by ruined walls, with water in the foreground.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

In ink 3; and in red ink 60

Signed and dated

  • Datable to probably c.1756

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, brown wash on laid paper (142 x 244), the upper two corners trimmed

Hand

Robert Adam (1728-1792), attributed to

Notes

This composition is in some ways typical of the sort of drawing that Robert Adam made in the circle of Charles-Louis Clérisseau, and has been dated c.1756 (see Richardson Soane: Connoisseur & Collector, catalogue of exhibition at Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 1995). There is a copy of this drawing by C J Richardson (1806-1871) in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (P&D 93.G.8/22).

Literature

M. Richardson Soane: Connoisseur & Collector catalogue of exhibition at Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 1995, cat.22

Level

Drawing

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