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image Adam vol.56/110

Reference number

Adam vol.56/110

Purpose

Capriccio showing a long rectangular vaulted tunnel with rounded arcading on each side; at one end are rocks and a waterfall, and at the other end are inscribed panels and column bases.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 71; in red ink on album leaf and on drawing 110

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably between 1755 and 1757.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, grey and brown washes264 x 352, sheet is collaged from 3 pieces of paper; bottom corners both torn

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

This drawing may be based on the tunnel halls that Robert Adam saw around Baia and the Lago d'Averno in 1755 during his Naples tour (see Adam volume 57, in particular 57/9), or on an interior such as the nymphaeum at Castel Gandolfo, of which there is a drawing by Charles-Louis Clérisseau in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (see McCormick Charles-Louis Clérisseau and the Genesis of Neo-Classicism (Cambridge, Massuchusetts and London, 1990), pl.136). There is a copy of this drawing by C J Richardson (1806-1871) in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (P&D 93.G.8/25). The original version of this composition, which is smaller and in greater detail, is in the Clérisseau collection in The Hermitage, St Petersburg (2559).The numeral 71 suggests that this drawing has been mounted out of sequence.

Level

Drawing

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