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image Adam vol.55/2

Reference number

Adam vol.55/2

Purpose

Capriccio showing a large irregular building in a rocky landscape. It has a three-bay portico, long arcaded wing to one side and another wing terminated in a campanile to the rear. There is a shallow dome on a drum above. In the distance is a pyramid and arcaded ruins.

Aspect

Perspectiveverso perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 2

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pen, brown wash165 x 229

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Unfinished capriccio in pencil and pen showing three mourners at a sarcophagus beside a mausoleum in a woodland setting.

Notes

A similar but much larger building than that shown here is found in Adam vol.55/3, which is also set in a landscape. Both these drawings can be compared with the landscape capricci in Adam vol.54/Series 5/1-19, although these are less architectural. An under-drawing in pencil can be seen showing an irregular tower can

Level

Drawing

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