Sir John Soane's Museum Drawings

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Purpose:Italy, near Albano: 'Mausoleum of the Horatii and Curiatii'. View of the ruined and overgrown mausoleum known as that of the Horatii and Curiatii, on the road between Albano and Ariccia. In the background are buildings and a campanile.




Inscribed in ink 130

Dated/date range

Undated, possibly September 1755.


Pencil, pen, grey wash

183 x 306


dove on monti


Robert Adam


Adam vol.57/130


This drawing was probably made during Robert Adam and Charles-Louis Clérisseau's trip to Albano in September 1755, when they may also have drawn the Tempio della Salute in Adam vol.57/123 and 57/127. The building with the campanile is probably Santa Maria della Stella. Adam's sketch is much less dramatic than the print by Piranesi of 1745/8 in Alcune Vedute di Archi Trionfali, although the viewpoint is similar to Piranesi's later Antichità di Albano e di Castel Gandolfo, 1764-8, pls.V and VI. Adam also owned Bartoli's Gli Antichi Sepolchri, 1697, which illustrates this view.

A more detailed version of the view attributed to Clérisseau is found in Adam vol.57/134.

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01 01 2007

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