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image Adam vol.56/126

Reference number

Adam vol.56/126

Purpose

Capriccio showing part of the interior of a ruined domed building with parts of the coffered dome remaining, supported by paired columns. In the foreground is a large broken sarcophagus among architectural fragments.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 89; in red ink at top and bottom of drawing 126

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1756 or 1757.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, watercolour; ink framing line279 x 221, 4 corners trimmed diagonally

Hand

Charles-Louis Clérisseau

Notes

Charles-Louis Clérisseau's composition here can be compared to a grander drawing of his in gouache in The Hermitage (see Charles-Louis Clérisseau (1721-1820) Dessins du musée de l'Ermitage Saint-Petersbourg, catalogue of an exhibition at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, 1995, p.140 and pl.53). There is a similar, smaller drawing in Adam vol.56/94.

Level

Drawing

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