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image Adam vol.56/142

Reference number

Adam vol.56/142

Purpose

Capriccio showing the interior of a series of halls at different levels, with coffered barrel vaults and dome supported by free-standing columns topped with sculpture and separated by niches.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 106; in red ink on album leaf and on drawing 142

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1756 or 1757.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, grey and brown washes; ink framing line294 x 351, 4 corners trimmed diagonally

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

This drawing is a companion to Adam vol.56/132 and 56/138, and like them shows the reconstruction of an antique interior. It is perhaps closer to Adam vol.56/145 in the depiction of the wall below the vault and the character of the niches; it can also be related to pen sketches in Adam volume 55 (see in particular, Adam vol.55/81). There is a smaller version of this composition with a figure, probably by Robert Adam, in The Hermitage, St Petersburg, Russia (2553).

Literature

Rep. Salmon Building on Ruins; The Rediscovery of Rome and English Architecture (London, 2000), pl.VI

Level

Drawing

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