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image Adam vol.56/147

Reference number

Adam vol.56/147

Purpose

Capriccio showing the interior of a building with pitched roof and skylight. Below steps lead past a pedimented opening that has a lintel inscribed with the words 'DIVO AVGVTO'.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 1; in red ink in two places on album leaf, below and above drawing147.

Signed and dated

  • Undated

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, brown washes524 x 310, 4 corners trimmed diagonally, horizontal fold line

Hand

Robert Adam (attributed to)

Watermark

fleur de lys in a single circle

Notes

The inscription in this drawing, DIVO AVGVTO (?) is the longer version of that found in Adam vol.56/141. This large drawing and its companion in Adam vol.56/148 are untypical of the drawings by Robert Adam in this volume. Both drawings have horizontal fold lines towards the top; the numerals '1' here and '2' on 56/148 suggest that they were part of a larger set. They both appear to have been composed in pencil and wash, with penwork added over this.

Level

Drawing

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