Sir John Soane's Museum Drawings

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Purpose:Italy: Rome: Porta Metronia. View of a ruined square tower with irregular round-headed windows above a gateway arch and three-bay arcading with battlements to one side. It is the Porta Metronia,  situated between the Porta Asinaria and Porta Latina.




Inscribed in ink 76

Dated/date range

Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.


Pencil, brown, grey and blue washes

128 x 171


Robert Adam


'Bob the Roman' Heroic Antiquity & the Architecturev of Robert Adam, Sir John Soane's Museum, 27 June - 27 September 2003, Cat. 56.


'Bob the Roman', Heroic Antiquity & the Architecture of Robert Adam, catalogue of an exhibition at Sir John Soane's Museum, 2003, cat.58.


Adam vol.57/76


This drawing by Robert Adam, like the drawing in Adam vol.57/71, is in the style of Jean-Baptiste Lallemand. Although the Porta Metronia still exists, it is much changed, and Adam's drawing is closer to the spirit of the print made by Rossini for Le Porte antiche e moderne del recinto di Roma, 1829 (see E. Nash, Pictorial Dictionary of Ancient Rome, London, 1968, vol.II, p.214). This view may be compared with a watercolour in the Clerk Collection, Scotland (Clerk 55) that shows the Pyramid of Cestius in the background.


Pencil sketch of a group of pilastered ruins.

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