Sir John Soane's Museum Drawings

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Purpose:Italy: Baia: the Imperial Villa. View of two large vaulted spaces forming part of the thermal complex at Baia, one having a series of small niches, the other is a smaller space with overgrown ruins.




Inscribed in pencil in a contemporary hand Baia; in ink 43

Dated/date range

Undated, probably 1755.


Pencil, brown and grey washes; pencil framing line

199 x 308


Robert Adam


Adam vol.57/43


This is Robert Adam's version of a drawing on grey paper by Charles-Louis Clérisseau, see Adam vol.57/23. As usual, Adam's view is the more accurate but is less exciting than that of Clérisseau, and omits the 'Temple of Diana' that appears in the latter's more evocative composition. The Adam drawing has been given pencil framing lines, similar to those found in Adam vol.57/17 and others. Like the Clérisseau drawing, it may be compared with the view by Giovanni Battista Natali in Paoli, Avanzi Delle Antichita Esistenti a Pozzuoli Cuma e Baja, Naples, 1768, pl.LV, in which the cave-like structure is called known as 'Truglio'.

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24 11 2006

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