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
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.
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