Inscribed in ink on backing sheet 30; in red ink 79
Signed and dated
- Undated, probably 1756 or 1757.
Medium and dimensions
Pen, grey wash 120 x 96; laid/mounted onto backing sheet size 132 x 112
Robert Adam (attributed to)
According to Fleming, this drawing is attributable to Robert Adam, executed 'in the manner of Pannini', and is dated 1756-7 (see Fleming Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome (London, 1962), caption to pl.69). Giovanni Paolo Pannini, who died in 1765, was professeur de perspective at the French Academy in Rome, where he taught Charles-Louis Clérisseau in 1752-53 (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, pp.16-7). Neither this drawing, nor its companion in Adam vol.56/67, described as being in the style of Pannini - match any small-scale Pannini drawings. The drawings by Pannini that Robert Adam possessed were considerably larger than any of the drawings in Adam volume 56 (see Bolton The Architecture of Robert and James Adam 2 vols. (London, 1922), vol.II, pp.326-7).Both this drawing and that in Adam vol.56/67 are numbered in ink on part of the original mounting sheets, as part of an Adam-Clérisseau set. There is a copy of this drawing by C J Richardson (1806-1871) in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (P&D 93.G.8/43).
Rep. Fleming Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome (London, 1962), pl.69
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