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Italy: Rome: ? Palatine Hill. View of an overgrown, vaulted two-storied ruin, possibly on the Palatine, with square coffering on each vault, with a large rectangular opening in the upper vault and three small openings at the base of the lower vault. In the distance are further ruins.




Inscribed in ink 105

Dated/date range

Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.


Pencil, pen, grey and brown washes

253 x 192


Robert Adam


Adam vol.57/105


This view is possibly of the Palatine ruins in Rome; there is a similar, more detailed wash drawing in the Clerk Collection, Scotland (Clerk 104), also by Robert Adam, which may be a view of the ruins of the Sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia at Palestrina and which is inscribed in pencil 'Palestrina'. Robert Adam intended to visit Palestrina (Praeneste) in September 1755 (see J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, p.180). The original composition by Charles-Louis Clérisseau is in The Hermitage, St Petersburg, Russia (2393), and is larger and more sophisticated than the Adam drawing.


Unfinished black chalk drawing of a coffered vault, similar to that on the recto.

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15 12 2006

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