Sir John Soane's Museum Drawings

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Purpose:Italy: Rome: ? Santa Sabina. View from a two-bay bridge showing a large irregular domed church, possibly the Early Christian Basilica of Santa Sabina on the Aventine, with pedimented doorway within a shaped gable façade with a statue on a square base. Beyond is an archway, another church, tower and campanile.




Inscribed in ink 132

Dated/date range



Pencil, grey wash

183 x 214


Unidentified eighteenth-century artist


Adam vol.57/132


The view may depict the Early Christian Basilica of Santa Sabina on the Aventine, near Santa Maria del Priorato. The composition is not topographically correct when compared with a similar view of 1766 by Charles Natoire (see E. Bowron & J. Rishel (eds.), Art in Rome in the Eighteenth Century, Philadelphia and London, 2000, p.536). The ruins shown in the background are the same as those shown as 'Antiche ruine' in Gianbattista Nolli Nuova Piante di Roma, 1748.

The hand in this drawing is similar to that of Adam vol.57/124.

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01 01 2007

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