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image Adam vol.56/67

Reference number

Adam vol.56/67

Purpose

Capriccio showing a ruined arch with the remains of an Ionic portico on one side and a statue on the other; in the foreground are architectural fragments.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 10 and in red ink 67

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1756 or 1757.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and grey wash (98 x 129; laid onto backing sheet 101 x 134)

Hand

Robert Adam (1728-1792), attributed to

Notes

Although the composition here is rectangular rather than within a circle, it is in the same spirit as the circular drawing in Adam vol.56/66 and others in the same series, and despite being in pen and wash rather than pen and watercolour, its numbering as 10 also suggests it is part of that series. There is a variation of the ruined arch and portico, with stronger figure drawing, in Adam vol.56/79, which is described by John Fleming as drawn 'in the manner of Pannini, probably by Robert Adam' (see Fleming Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome (London, 1962), pl.69). Another similar composition of an arch, also using wash, is in Adam vol.56/123.

Level

Drawing

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