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image Adam vol.56/128

Reference number

Adam vol.56/128

Purpose

Capriccio showing the interior of a roofless ruined building. In the foreground is a statue of a seated figure on a base, scattered fragments and three diminutive figures.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 91; in red ink 128

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1756 or 1757.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, brown and grey washes; ink framing line153 x 180, 4 corners trimmed diagonally

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

The use of a statue of a seated figure in this drawing also appears in Adam vol.56/96 and 56/116; it is a stock element in several of Charles-Louis Clérisseau's capricci of ruins in The Hermitage, St Petersburg, Russia, for example 16927.

Level

Drawing

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