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image Adam vol.56/137

Reference number

Adam vol.56/137

Purpose

Capriccio showing the interior of a coffered and barrel-vaulted hall with relief and free-standing sculpture, doorway and curtained screen; beyond is shown a room with a framed painting over the chimneypiece.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 100; in red ink 137.

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1756 or 1757.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, brown and grey washes; ink framing line213 x 208

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

According to John Fleming, this is a 'Design for interior decoration in the antique taste by Robert Adam, 1756-57' (see Fleming Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome (London, 1962, repr. 1978), caption to pl.68). The drawing is unlike other drawings in this volume in that the room shown beyond the curtain is typically eighteenth-century with a carved chimneypiece (having a figure on the side jamb) and a framed painting. The two-tiered circular base for the standing figure is also found in Adam vol.57/139. Such a combination of antique and modern elements can also be seen in Adam's 'Design for a Roman Ruin' (see Tait Robert Adam: drawings and imagination (Cambridge, 1993), p.33, fig.29). There is a copy of this drawing by C J Richardson (1806-1871) in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (P&D 93.G.8/30).

Literature

Rep. Fleming Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome (John Murray, London, 1962, repr. 1978), pl.68

Level

Drawing

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