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  • image Volume 42/72

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Volume 42/72


Preliminary ? record drawing


Rough internal wall elevation and elevations of pedimented doorways and (unrelated ?) semicircular windows showing decorative treatment that includes peacocks, chimera, winged figure, half-figure, putto, sphinx, festoons and swags. Small feint pencil elevations of two-storey, three-bay pedimented building or part of a building, and four-column ? portico

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil on laid paper, crumpled and torn and with several fold marks (281 x 199)




n/a pasted down


Presumably an initial record of a room interior in ? Italy that was evidently torn, screwed up, thrown away and then rescued. The wall elevation/section has an alcove with a statue of Hercules flanked by frames for paintings.



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