Inscribed in ink 41; in red ink 88
Signed and dated
- Undated, probably 1756 or 1757.
Medium and dimensions
Pencil, pen, grey and brown washes; ink lines forming an octagonal frame173 x 176, 4 corners trimmed diagonally
This drawing is part of a series that take the sarcophagus as a theme; this composition reappears, albeit on a larger scale and in a landscape setting, in Adam vol.56/93. According to Salmon, the capriccio is based on the arch depicted is the 'Arco de Pantani', and the columns frame the remains of the Forum Transitorium (see Salmon Building on Ruins; The Rediscovery of Rome and English Architecture (London, 2000), p.44, and the print by Étienne Duperac (c.1525-c.1604) in Nash Pictorial Dictionary of Ancient Rome, 2 vols, 2nd ed. (London, 1968), vol.II, p.433).The framing lines show that Robert Adam explored both octagonal and circular compositions.
Rep. Salmon Building on Ruins; The Rediscovery of Rome and English Architecture (London, 2000), p.45, pl.27
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