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image Adam vol.56/101

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Adam vol.56/101


Capriccio showing trophies mounted on a plinth. In the distance is a circular building, possibly a church.




Inscribed in ink 60; in red ink 101

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1756 or 1757.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, blue, grey and brown washes; ink framing line, beyond which is off-white wash105 x 116, bottom right corner is torn off and the missing corner of the drawing has been shaded in pencil on the album leaf


Robert Adam


The trophies in the foreground derive from the Trophies of Marius in the Piazza Campidoglio, Rome, which Robert Adam knew well (see drawings in Adam volumes 57 and 26); they also appear in the capriccio by Charles-Louis Clérisseau in Adam vol.56/87. The buildings in the background may derive from the Temple of Concord and San Teodoro in the Forum. If this is correct, this drawing is the first composition in this series to have a strong topographical basis. Adam again uses the circular building in the background of his capriccio in Adam vol.56/115.



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