Sir John Soane's Museum Drawings

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Purpose:View or capriccio of ruined arches on two levels, showing a five-bay arcade with a sarcophagus fountain with panel above in the foreground. In the distance is a circular domed building amongst trees.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 114

Dated/date range

Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.

Medium/Support/Size

Pen, pencil, grey, brown and blue washes

190 x 247

Hand

Robert Adam

Reference

Adam vol.57/114

Notes

The ruins shown here take a generalised form and so are difficult to identify. The fountain sarcophagus, lion mask and inscription panel above suggest a capriccio in the style of Charles-Louis Clérisseau. There is a similar composition in the Clerk Collection, Scotland (Clerk 85), which is identified as the Porta Furba at Romei and shows the arch of the Acqua Felice.

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Date

29 12 2006

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