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image Adam vol.56/98

Reference number

Adam vol.56/98

Purpose

Capriccio showing a ruined apse. Within the ruins is a statue on a circular plinth. In the foreground among architectural fragments is one showing three soldiers' heads in relief.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 57; in red ink 98

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1756 or 1757.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, blue, grey and brown washes, watercolour342 x 309, 2 sheets joined, a vertical narrow strip added to the right-hand edge; 4 corners trimmed diagonally

Hand

Robert Adam (attributed to)

Notes

This drawing is similar in size and composition to the capriccio in Adam vol.56/92. The relief fragment with heads is comparable to those in Adam vol.56/95 and 56/107. The standing figure on a high circular pedestal is also found in Adam vol.57/137.

Level

Drawing

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