In ink 6; and on both album leaf and drawing in red ink 63
Signed and dated
Medium and dimensions
Pencil, black chalk, pen and grey washes (262 x 379), all four corners trimmed diagonally; the sheet has been folded vertically in the centre
Robert Adam (1728-1792)
Pen outline of a female figure holding an urn under her arm.
There are several similar pen and wash studies in volume 56, such as Adam vol.56/65, which differ from the landscape garden compositions (of which vol.56/41 is typical). They show the influence of Jean-Baptiste Lallemand (1716-1803) more strongly in their emphasis on the ruin and its setting, which in this case derived from the Aurelian walls of Rome. The composition of many of these studies can be compared with the smaller and more freely drawn pen and ink sketches in volume 55 (see particularly Adam vol.55/98-110). The trimmed corners suggest that they were originally in another album and the disjointed numbering suggests that they have been rearranged (see Adam vol.56/94-97).
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