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Purpose:Italy: ? Mare Piano. View of a small town, possibly Mare Piano on the Gulf of Pozzuoli, on a rocky setting above a lake fed by three waterfalls, above which is a three-bay aqueduct in a wooded landscape




Inscribed in ink 34

Dated/date range

Undated, probably either 1755 or 1756.


Pencil, pen, grey and brown washes

176 x 327


Robert Adam


Adam vol.57/34


It is possible that this is a view from the seaside of the village of Mare Piano at the extreme (Neapolitan) end of the Gulf of Pozzuoli, of which there is a plan and view in Abbé de Saint-Non, Voyage Pittoresque en Sicile et Naples, Paris, 1781-6, vol.II, pp.159 & 163. Robert Adam's view, however, comes closer to the print of the Isola di Liri at Sora, see Saint-Non, 1781-6, vol.II, pl.120, opp. p.253; Adam and Charles-Louis Clérisseau made a tour there in June 1756 for which there is a drawings in the Clerk Collection, Scotland (Clerk 153), (see J. Fleming, Robert Adam and his Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, pp.208-211) and a large one in S.M. Adam vol.1/244. This view may have been included here (in this volume) since Sora was on the route to Rome via Monte Cassino that Adam took on his return journey from Naples, and consequently may be dated April 1755 rather than the following year; see also Adam vol.57/1.

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24 11 2006

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