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image Adam vol.56/150

Reference number

Adam vol.56/150

Purpose

View of the garden of the Villa Ludovisi in Rome, showing deciduous trees, conifers and ruined, overgrown city walls at the Porta Pinciana, at the base of which are assembled architectural fragments.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on right-hand side of drawing 5; in red ink on drawing and on album leaf 150.

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1756.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, black chalk, grey washes; ink framing line beyond which is blue painted border254 x 369

Hand

Jean-Baptiste Lallemand

Notes

This drawing is one of a set of six Roman views (Adam vol.56/149-154) by Jean-Baptiste Lallemand (1716-1803), all of which have contemporaneous painted borders and have central folds, and most of which are signed. There were several similar sets in the Adam sales of 1818 and 1821 (see Catalogue of A Valuable Collection of Antique Sculpture etc. R. Adam, Christie's, London, 21 & 22 May 1818 and Christie's London Catalogue of the Effects of Robert Adam Esq. Dec. 9 July 1821 & following days). Lot 32 of the second day sale of 1818 was described as 'Six elegant drawings in India ink by L'Alma, of Italian Garden scenery', and lot 29 contained several of Lallemand's landscapes, all of which were bought by John Soane (see Bolton The Architecture of Robert and James Adam, 2 vols. (London, 1922), II, p.331). The set was probably made in 1756 for Robert Adam, at the time when he described himself as '... applying myself to these kind of sketches and have already made out a dozen of different views as unlike one another as I could ...' (Fleming Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome (London, 1962), p.363). Adam vol.56/153 shows a drawing of the Casino dell'Aurora at the Villa Ludovisi. The fragments at the base of the walls in this drawing may well have been those indicated at the top of the plan of the gardens by Giovanni Battista Falda (d.1678) in his Vedute di Roma (Rome, 1665), 'Pianta del Giardino ... Principi Ludovisi', a copy of which was bought by John Soane as lot 120 on the second day of the Adam sale of 1818, together with the Fontane di Roma.

Literature

Rep. Tait Robert Adam: drawings and imagination (Cambridge, 1993), p.20, fig.15

Level

Drawing

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