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image Adam vol.56/167

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Adam vol.56/167


Capriccio showing a large classical ruin beside a weir.




Inscribed in ink 89; in red ink 167.

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1755

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, black chalk, brown wash; chalk framing line416 x 297; 4 corners trimmed diagonally


Unidentified eighteenth-century artist


This drawing is a companion to Adam vol.56/168, which is numbered 87, and both are probably part of a set of similar views and are of the same size. The signature inscribed on both drawings has been partially lost, although the hand is the same, and combined they appear to read as 'Relthingassi'. On the verso of the backing sheet of Adam vol.56/50 are the corners of another drawing, which is likely to be this one rather than 56/168, torn off when it was removed for remounting at some stage, as the paper colour and chalk framing line fits closely; the bottom left corner fragment is dated in ink 1755 and has a 'G' and part of a letter.



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