Sir John Soane's Museum Drawings

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Purpose:Unfinished capriccio of a seated figure on a square base beside a larger monument with a decorated sarcophagus on top, surrounded by classical fragments at the edge of a columned and pilastered temple, with trees in the background.




Inscribed in ink 136

Dated/date range

Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.


Pencil, pen, grey wash

215 x 290


Charles-Louis Clérisseau


Adam vol.57/136


This is an unfinished sketch for a more elaborate watercolour composition, as are the pencil and pen drawings in Adam vol.57/144 and 57/146. There are several further similar ones in The Hermitage collection (see Charles-Louis Clérisseau (1721-1820) Dessins du musée de l'Ermitage Saint-Petersbourg, catalogue of an exhibition at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, 1995). Both the strigillated sarcophagus and the seated classical figure are stock motifs in such works (see Paris catalogue, 1995, op. cit., pl.56 and fig.5), and can be compared with the sarcophagus series in Adam volume 56, for example 56/71-3.

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