Sir John Soane's Museum Drawings

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Purpose:Italy: Rome: the Porta San Sebastino (Porta Appia)  and Arch of Drusius. View showing thePorta San Sebastiano from under the Arch of Drusius.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 60

Dated/date range

Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.

Medium/Support/Size

Pen, brown wash over pencil

257 x 288

Hand

Robert Adam

Reference

Adam vol.57/60

Notes

Of the several gateways to Rome that survived in the eighteenth century, this drawing by Robert Adam is close to the Porta Appia. The view is taken from underneath the Arch of Drusus looking towards the inner court, although the square tower should be shown with battlements (see E. Nash, Pictorial Dictionary of Ancient Rome, London, 1968, vol.II, p.198). There is a more conventional view of the arch, the gateway and inner court in the Clerk Collection, Scotland (Clerk 45).

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Date

01 12 2006

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