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image Adam vol.56/177

Reference number

Adam vol.56/177


View of the entrance façade of Santa Maria della Salute in Venice and the adjoining customs buildings.




Inscribed in red ink on drawing and on album leaf 177.; in pencil in a later hand: Dogana di Transito and Sa. Maria della Salute. and in pencil and in another hand at top Venice

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1757.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, grey wash; partial remains of framing line 201 x 795; composed of two roughly equal sheets, folded once; right-hand edge of drawing has been trimmed


Robert Adam


Pen tryouts.


Robert Adam was in Venice from June to October 1757 and he used the city as a base for his visit to Spalatro (see Fleming Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome (London, 1962), pp.234-42).



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