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Purpose:Italy: Rome: Villa dei Medici. View from a courtyard of pedimented windows, looking up towards a small rectangular belvedere of two bays with a tiled roof and cupola, and trees in the distance.




Inscribed in ink 90

Dated/date range

Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.


Pencil, pen, grey and brown washes

129 x 188


Robert Adam


Adam vol.57/90


This view is a counterpart to that found in Adam vol.57/110, which shows the roofline of the Villa dei Medici, Rome with its two small cupolas on the façade more clearly. This drawing appears to have been made from the courtyard of the Orti Nari on the Via del Babuino, looking towards the roof of the Villa dei Medici and showing one of the belvederes, and the adjoining Pincio. Robert Adam's lodgings were in the Casa Guarnieri near the Villa Malta and on the other side of the Villa Medici at San Isidoro. Another counterpart to this drawing is found in Adam vol.57/151.


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15 12 2006

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