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Purpose:Italy: Rome: ? Baths of Caracalla. View of a single ruinous vault with coffered lower arch and details of the impost of the upper vaulting; in the distance is a domed church.




Inscribed in ink 83

Dated/date range

Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.


Pencil, pen; brown, grey and blue washes

128 x 185


Charles-Louis Clérisseau (attributed to)


Adam vol.57/83


This is perhaps another view of the central hall of the Baths of Caracalla in Rome as depicted in Adam vol.57/82, but is closer than the latter to Piranesi's 1765 view of the interior of the Caracalla central hall, 'Rovine del Sisto o sia della gran sala delle Terme Antoniniane' in the Vedute di Roma.

The size of the sheet, the nature of the paper and the style of drawing suggest that this and Adam vol.57/81 and 82 came originally from the same sketch book.

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15 12 2006

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