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Purpose:Italy: ? Capua. View of a single-vaulted arch, having another, smaller vaulted arch and niche on either side, possibly one of the entrances to Capua. Through the arch a square, domed tower is set on vaulted ruins, with debris in the foreground.




Inscribed in ink 29

Dated/date range

Undated, probably 1755.


Pencil, pen, grey wash

211 x 269


Robert Adam


Adam vol.57/29


The view depicted here may be compared with the view shown in Abbé de Saint-Non, Voyage Pittoresque en Sicile et Naples, Paris, 1781-6, vol.II, p.246, and may depict one of the ruins of the entrance to ancient Capua. Robert Adam was at Capua in April 1755 on his way to Monte Cassino and ultimately Rome (see J. Fleming, Robert Adam and his Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, p.157). For another possible entrance to Capua see Adam vol.57/18.

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19 11 2006

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