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image Adam vol.56/123

Reference number

Adam vol.56/123

Purpose

Capriccio showing a ruined hall with rfragments of a dome supported by arches and coupled columns; beyond is another ruined and vaulted hall. In the foreground is a group of diminutive figures. A sarcophagus on a plinth is to the right, a statue of a seated figure to the left.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 85; in red ink 123

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1756 or 1757.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, blue, grey and brown washes201 x 173

Hand

Robert Adam (attributed to)

Notes

The composition, style of draughtsmanship and absence of colour in this drawing are comparable to those in Adam vol.56/67 and 56/79, which have been deemed to show the influence of Giovanni Paolo Pannini (see 56/79 in particular); the rapidly drawn pen figures are identical in all three drawings. However, a more general source may be found among the pen drawings in Adam volume 55 (see particularly Adam vol.55/72).

Level

Drawing

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