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Purpose:Italy: Rome: ? Acqua Claudius. View of three bays of an aqueduct, possibly the Acqua Claudius (Arcus Caelimontani) in a garden setting. In the background is a two-storied villa, which may be the Villa Celimontana (Mattei al Celio).

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 49

Dated/date range

Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.

Medium/Support/Size

Pencil, grey wash; three pencil framing lines

162 x 268

Hand

Robert Adam

Reference

Adam vol.57/49

Notes

This is one of several drawings of the Roman aqueducts that Robert Adam made, perhaps at the suggestion of Piranesi, although there is another possible source in a pencil drawing by Jean-Baptiste Lallemand (see Adam vol.57/7). The curving structure in the distance may be the branch of the Arcus Neroniani. Adam vol.57/89 may depict the same subject taken from a different position, with the villa pavilion in the distance. Adam made a drawing of the antiquities in a villa garden, probably that of the Villa Celimontana, in Adam vol.57/50.

The Acqua Claudia, of the 1st century AD, had the Arcus Caelimontani as its western branch.

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Date

24 11 2006

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