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image Adam vol.56/69

Reference number

Adam vol.56/69

Purpose

Capriccio showing columns and entablature of a ruined portico, with a statue of a seated figure on a rectangular base with an urn in the shape of a pine-cone; in the foreground are architectural fragments.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

In red ink 69

Signed and dated

  • Datable to probably between 1755 and 1757

Medium and dimensions

Pen and watercolour; double framing lines, with paper outside framing lines washed to pale grey colourdrawing within a circle of 100 dia., sheet size 112 x 110, trimmed to form an octagon

Hand

Charles-Louis Clérisseau (attributed to)

Notes

The portico, statue and large urn in this drawing are all familiar elements in this series of circular compositions (see Adam vol.56/66). The composition can be compared with the larger drawing by Clérisseau in Adam vol.56/96, and the more competent handling of the figures certainly suggests it is by Clérisseau rather than Robert Adam.

Level

Drawing

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