In ink 9 and in red ink 66
Signed and dated
- Datable to probably c.1756.
Medium and dimensions
Pencil, pen, and watercolour: drawn within a ink circle of 90 dia. Sheet size 100 x 96. The lower two corners trimmed diagonally
Robert Adam (1728-1792)
Circle drawn in ink, which was probably intended to be filled by a composition similar to the one on the recto.
This is one of a number of small, circular compositions (see Adam vol.56/68-70, 73, 75, 81, 83-4, 86, 90-1, and SM Drawer 48/6/4); several similar to this were on the backing sheet, which was evidently cut up when the volume was put together. The sarcophagus was a favourite subject, and there are other circular compositions, similar in both size and subject-matter, amongst the drawings by Charles-Louis Clérisseau in The Hermitage (see Charles-Louis Clérisseau (1721-1820) Dessins du musée de l'Ermitage Saint-Petersbourg catalogue of exhibition held at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, 1995, p.145), some of which were subsequently engraved (see Paris op.cit. p.144). There is a larger drawing by Robert Adam of a similar sarcophagus in Adam vol.57/148.
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