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image Adam vol.56/132

Reference number

Adam vol.56/132

Purpose

Capriccio showing the interior of a large barrel-vaulted and coffered hall with three-bay screens alternating with niches leading to a hemicycle at the end. At floor level, a series of steps lead to a circular fountain and basin and sculptures of seated figures.

Aspect

Perspectiveverso Plan

Inscribed

Inscribed inink 95; in red ink 132.

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1756 or 1757.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, brown and grey washes; ink framing line290 x 325, corners torn except in bottom right

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Unfinished pencil capriccio showing a plan.

Notes

A similar composition with steps descending to a basin is found in a pen sketch by Robert Adam in Adam vol.55/79. It can also be compared with a similar interior by Charles-Louis Clérisseau among those in The Hermitage, which is identified as a studio copy (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.152, pl.67). Fleming dates this drawing 1756-57 (see Fleming op. cit. 1962, caption to pl.71).

Literature

Rep. Fleming Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome (John Murray, London, 1962 repr.1978), pl.71

Level

Drawing

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