Sir John Soane's Museum Drawings

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Purpose:

Capriccio of a three-bay towered structure with giant pilasters with niches, with a relief panels on one bay The building is supported by a substructure of vaults and arches. In the foreground are classical fragments.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 127

Dated/date range

Undated, possibly September 1755.

Medium/Support/Size

Pencil, pen; grey, blue and brown washes

253 x 305

Watermark

grapes

Hand

Robert Adam

Reference

Adam vol.57/127

Notes

This view by Robert Adam is the same as that by Charles-Louis Clérisseau in Adam vol.57/123, although it lacks the fortified scene in the background. Like that of Clérisseau, Adam's view is probably derived from several antique sources, and it may relate to Adam and Clérisseau's trip to Albano in September 1755. It may have been inspired by ruins of mausolea such as that then known as the Tempio della Salute or Tomb of Licinianus Piso on the Via Appia, which is illustrated in Piranesi's Vedute di Roma, 1763. An alternative source may be the Domus Praeconum on the Via dei Cerchi of the Domus Augustiana (see E. Nash, Pictorial Dictionary of Ancient Rome, London, 1968, vol.I, p.338). The sculptural relief panel shown here is absent in Clérisseau's view and in the Domus Augustiana.

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Date

01 01 2007

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