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Purpose:Italy: Rome: the Palatine. View of a group of ruins on a hillside with a large single vault in the centre and curving arcaded walls behind, all above a wall incorporating houses.




Inscribed in ink 69

Dated/date range

Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.


Pencil, pen, brown, grey and blue washes

128 x 185


Robert Adam


Adam vol.57/69


This view by Robert Adam is probably taken from below the Circus Maximus looking towards the ruins of the Palatine in Rome. It may be compared with part of a contemporary pen and wash drawing reproduced in R. Keaveney, Views of Rome, London, 1988, p.98, and the composition in Adam vol.57/59. The device of the diagonal tree appears in Robert Adam's views in Adam vol.57/61, and vol.57/50-57/52. Both its inclusion and the form given to the cypress trees are typical of Jean-Baptiste Lallemand's lessons and should be compared with the latter's drawings in Adam vol.57/56 and vol.57/57.

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