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Purpose:Italy. Baia: 'Temple of Venus'. View of the ruined 'Temple of Venus'  in a landscape setting. The lower vaulting and water are shown in the foreground with the 'Temple of Diana' in the background.




Inscribed in pencil in a contemporary hand Baia; in ink 38

Dated/date range

Undated, probably 1755.


Pencil, grey washes heightened with lead white (now oxidised) and white chalk on grey paper; pencil framing line

213 x 325 (trimmed to the framing line)


Charles-Louis Clérisseau (attributed to)


Adam vol.57/38


This drawing is a companion to Adam vol.57/23 and 57/27 in terms of technique, and like the latter has ruled pencil framing lines. This is the third drawing made of the 'Temples' and the most detailed. Two other views by Robert Adam are in Adam vol.57/15 and 57/33.  All these drawings may be compared with the contemporary view in Paoli, Avanzi Delle Antichita Esistenti a Pozzuoli Cuma e Baja, Naples, 1768, pl.LII.  

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24 11 2006

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