Sir John Soane's Museum Drawings

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Purpose:

Italy: Rome: ? The castello of the Acqua Claudia. View of the corner of ruined vaulting, on a small hill with cypress trees above, and domestic buildings below. In the distance is a three-bay arcade or aqueduct, probably part of the Acqua Claudia.

 

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 109

Dated/date range

Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.

Medium/Support/Size

Pen, grey and brown washes

165 x 259

Watermark

coat of arms

Hand

Robert Adam

Reference

Adam vol.57/109

Notes

This may be a view of the Castello of the Acqua Claudia, Rome; it can be compared with the view by Piranesi in Le Antichità Romane of 1756, vol.I, pl.XVII, Fig.1, although Robert Adam shows two rather than three vaults to the front (see E. Nash, Pictorial Dictionary of Ancient Rome, London, 1968, vol.I, p.37). The three bays in the distance are another part of the aqueduct, although the Porta Maggiore is lacking. The Castello of the Acqua Claudia was destroyed in 1879.

Verso

Pencil drawing showing the outline of a pyramid, possibly the Pyramid of Cestius, which also appears in Adam vol.57/54.

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Date

29 12 2006

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