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Purpose:View or more likely a capriccio of a ruined vaulted section of an apse, with an irregular two-storied house on one side, and ruins on the other, set in a landscape with cypress trees.




Inscribed in ink 59

Dated/date range

Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.


Pencil, grey, brown and blue washes

150 x 248


dove on monti


Robert Adam


Adam vol.57/59


The building and the viewpoint here are typical of drawings of the Temple of Venus and Rome near the Arch of Constantine, of which Robert Adam and Charles-Louis Clérisseau made several studies (see J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, pl.50). However, the interior in this drawing lacks the characteristic apse decoration, and the adjoining buildings do not correspond with those usually shown in the mid-eighteenth century. The drawing style of the group of three cypress trees on the left is typical of Jean-Baptiste Lallemand, whose example Adam is evidently following here. This drawing is probably a capriccio based on the temple ruins, as is the case with other drawings in the Roman section of Adam volume 57.

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