Sir John Soane's Museum Drawings

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Italy: Rome: ? Torre delle Milizie. View of an irregular tower in a walled garden with other domestic buildings, seen from the grounds of a small church with campanile, possibly on the banks of the Tiber.




Verso, sketch elevations


Inscribed in ink 56

Dated/date range

Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.


Pencil, grey, brown and blue washes; three pencil framing lines

102 x 170


Jean-Baptiste Lallemand


Adam vol.57/56


This small watercolour by Jean-Baptiste Lallemand can be compared with his red chalk drawing in Adam vol.55/97 and may have had a similar effect in stimulating Robert Adam's imagination. The technique in this watercolour is close to that of Adam vol.57/57, and the tower that is its subject may be the same one depicted in Adam vol.57/111, which is also attributed to Lallemand. The view may show the thirteenth- or fourteenth-century Torre delle Milizie near Trajan's market, Rome (see R. Krautheimer, Rome, Profile of a City, 312-1308, Princeton, 1980, p.319).


Two pencil sketches of vaulting, with a staircase and domed structure at one end.

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01 12 2006

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