Sir John Soane's Museum Drawings

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Purpose:Italy: Rome: ? View on the Palatine or capriccio showing a large group of ruins, with a variety of arches and vaults at several levels. On the left is a three-storied tower with columns.




Inscribed in ink 126

Dated/date range

Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.


Pencil; brown, grey and  blue washes

128 x 186


Charles-Louis Clérisseau (attributed to)


Adam vol.57/126


This view may be based on a sixteenth-century print or painting; the tower on the left is possibly the decorative screen of the Septizoium Severi, which survived on the Palatine until it was destroyed for building materials in 1588 (see R. Keaveney, Views of Rome, London, 1988, pp.106-8). The two stories of the arcading may represent the Colosseum. Like several of the views in this section of Adam volume 57, this drawing is more inventive than actual and is probably based on some reading of a sixteenth-century print, of which there were several (see those illustrated in E. Nash, Pictorial Dictionary of Ancient Rome, London, 1968, vol.II, p.302).

This drawing is similar in draughtsmanship, media and size to those in Adam vol.57/82 and 57/83, also attributed to Charles-Louis Clérisseau; all three sheets have the same rounded corners.


Unfinished pencil drawing of a landscape.

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