Sir John Soane's Museum Drawings

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Capriccio showing part of a ruined circular temple on a rocky outcrop with an aqueduct and circular building in the landscape in the background, and water in the foreground.




Inscribed in ink 85

Dated/date range

Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.


Pencil, pen; brown, grey and blue washes

179 x 123


Robert Adam


Adam vol.57/85


The temple is close to the Temple of the Vesta at Tivoli, as is the immediate setting. There is a more accurate drawing of the same view in Adam vol.57/91, and two by Jean-Baptiste Lallemand in the Clerk Collection, Scotland (Clerk 119 and 192). The aqueduct may be based on the Acqua Marcia and the circular building may be the Tempio della Tosse mausoleum, although their juxtaposition is an imaginative one. Robert Adam was at Tivoli for some time in June 1755 staying with Allan Ramsay in the Villa d'Este (J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, p.174). However, the drawing being a capriccio may have been made at any time.


Pencil capriccio of a group of classical sculptures including an urn with stele on either side.

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15 12 2006

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