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Purpose:Italy: Rome: unidentified location. View from a battlemented wall of a tall square tower in two stages, surrounded by a machicolated wall enclosing a garden containing trees, probably on the edge of Rome.




Inscribed in ink 111 (altered from 110 by a contemporary hand)

Dated/date range

Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.


Pencil, grey and brown washes

144 x 238


Jean-Baptiste Lallemand (attributed to)


Adam vol.57/111


The ungainly tower in this view is presumably set on the edge of Rome beside the Aurelian Walls. A similar type of structure is depicted in Adam vol.57/56 and 57/108, and the building also appears in the background of Adam vol.57/123, which may suggest its location is between Rome and Albano. There is an account of such Roman towers in R. Krautheimer, Rome, Profile of a City, 312-1308, Princeton, 1980, pp.289-310.

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29 12 2006

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