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image Adam vol.56/96

Reference number

Adam vol.56/96

Purpose

Capriccio showing a ruined temple portico, with a statue of a seated figure on a square base. To the left is a fountain, the basin of which is made of a re-used sarcophagus.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 55; in red ink 96

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1756 or 1757.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, blue, grey and brown washes, oxidised body colour210 x 238, 4 corners trimmed diagonally

Hand

Robert Adam (attributed to)

Notes

The statue of the seated male figure shown here appears in several other compositions (see Adam vol.56/75, 56/116, and Adam vol.57/136), and also in one of the drawings by Charles-Louis Clérisseau in The Hermitage (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.18, 143). There is a copy of this drawing by C J Richardson (1806-1871) in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (P&D 93.G.8/27).

Level

Drawing

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