Sir John Soane's Museum Drawings

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Purpose:Italy: ? edge of Rome. View of a large irregular three-storied villa with central Venetian window, with a diagonal tree in the foreground.  The villa is set above smaller buildings, with a two-bay four-storied square tower behind.




Inscribed in ink 119

Dated/date range

Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.


Pencil, pen; brown, blue and grey washes; pencil framing line

163 x 251


Charles-Louis Clérisseau (attributed to)


Adam vol.57/119


The three-bay section of the villa with pedimented windows on one façade and a Venetian window or Serliana arrangement on the other façade indicates it clearly as a sixteenth-century building, possibly added onto an earlier building behind. The style of the building may be compared with the three-bay tower in Adam vol.57/104. The aqueduct arches in the distance suggest the site is possibly on the edge of Rome. The tower and circular structure in the background is of the same type as seen in Adam vol.57/93.


Unfinished pen sketch of a landscape and trees.

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29 12 2006

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