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Cast of a pilaster panel with arabesque ornament: scrolling foliage springing from an acanthus(?) plant and two birds, perhaps from the Arch of the Argentarii.

Plaster cast

Height: 77.9cm, maximum
Width: 28cm, maximum
Depth: 6.5cm, maximum

Museum number: A3

Curatorial note

The group of casts A2, A3, A4 and A7 may come from the Roman Arch of the Argentarii (silversmiths). The pilasters of that arch were drawn by Robert Adam in Rome (SM Adam vol. 26/70) and casts of pilaster panels were purchased by Soane from the Robert Adam sale in 1818.

Exhibition history

Robert Adam, The Creative Mind: from the Sketch to the Finished Drawing, Sir John Soane's Museum, October 1996 - February 1997; The Frick Collection, New York, December 1997 - April 1998; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, May - June 1998; The Octagon Museum, Washington, July 1998 - January 1999; Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, February - March 1999
The Adam Brothers in Rome: Drawings from the Grand Tour, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 25 September 2008 - 14 February 2009


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