Sir John Soane's Museum Drawings

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Purpose:Italy: Rome: Acqua Claudia. View showing the destroyed terminal reservoir (Castello) of the Acqua Claudia in the Via Porta Maggiore, in a setting with three large and overgrown vaults, with ruins and three cypress trees in the foreground.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 53

Dated/date range

Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.

Medium/Support/Size

Pencil, pen, grey and brown washes; pencil framing line (bottom)

203 x 308

Hand

Robert Adam

Reference

Adam vol.57/53

Notes

An etching by Piranesi (see Le Antichità Romane, 1756, vol.1, XVII, Fig. 1) may have inspired Robert Adam's drawing of this reservoir, which was destroyed in 1879. Adam's more pedestrian rendition is taken from a similar viewpoint to that of Piranesi, although the setting is different and there is no sight of the Porta Maggiore or the Acqua Marcia.

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Date

01 12 2006

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