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image Adam vol.56/136

Reference number

Adam vol.56/136

Purpose

Capriccio showing the interior of a vaulted and coffered hall with rooflight; the walls below are broken by a three-bay screen into another hall. On the other two walls are segmental arches and wall niches containing cineraria.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 99; in red ink 136.

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1756 or 1757.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, grey wash; ink framing line237 x 306

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

This elaborate composition is a companion to Adam vol.56/138 and 56/145, and to the larger framed gouache by Charles-Louis Clérisseau that is in the Sir John Soane Museum (SM P.326), which may have belonged to Robert Adam and which is signed, and dated twice, both 1771 and 1772. Robert Adam's drawing here lacks the figures depicted in the Clérisseau composition. The use of a large depressed arch characterises both this drawing and that in vol.56/138. In many ways the Adam drawing here can be regarded as a variation on the later gouache by Clérisseau, presumably a copy of an earlier original.

Level

Drawing

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