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image Adam vol.56/73

Reference number

Adam vol.56/73

Purpose

Capriccio showing a richly coffered ruined vault over a sarcophagus on a rectangular base. Beyond this is part of a triumphal arch.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 22; in red ink 73

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1756 or 1757.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, watercolour; double framing lines, outside which is grey washdrawing within a circle of 100 dia., sheet size 109 x 108; laid/mounted onto backing sheet that has been trimmed to size of sheet

Hand

Robert Adam (attributed to)

Notes

This drawing can be compared with other circular drawings that have a broken sarcophagus as the theme (see Adam vol.56/66, 68, 72). The composition here is probably by Robert Adam, and lacks the vivacity associated with Charles-Louis Clérisseau's work.

Level

Drawing

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