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Purpose:Italy: unidentified location. View of a ruined free-standing triumphal arch with coupled pilasters, niche and relief sculpture. Astride a road, it is seen from below and beside a stone arch.




Inscribed in ink 73

Dated/date range

Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.


Pencil, pen, blue and brown washes

203 x 255


Robert Adam


Adam vol.57/73


There is a sketch for this view on the verso of Adam vol.57/72. The single opening arch depicted does not resemble any that existed in Rome in the eighteenth century, although that of Gallienus is perhaps the closest (see E. Nash, Pictorial Dictionary of Ancient Rome, London, 1968, vol.I, p.116). The rectangular panel of relief sculpture is comparable to a panel in a similar position on the Arch of Titus; a similar triumphal arch appears in Charles-Louise Clérisseau's capriccio in Adam vol.57/144.

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