Sir John Soane's Museum Drawings

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Purpose:Capriccio of a group of antique fragments piled together, which include an Ionic capital and a block of highly decorated frieze and cornice.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 137

Dated/date range

Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.

Medium/Support/Size

Grey wash

161 x 308

Hand

Robert Adam

Reference

Adam vol.57/137

Notes

This sketch can be compared with a similar drawing of a group of fragments by Charles-Louis Clérisseau in Adam vol.57/140 and another in the Clerk Collection, Scotland (Clerk 109). The accumulation of such fragments was characteristic of Piranesi's tombs in his early Prima Parte di Architetture e Prospettive, 1743. The Colonna gardens, Rome, had a similar composition of the pediment and frieze from the Temple of Serapis, of which there are several drawings in Adam volume 26 (see Adam vol.26/52 and 69).

Verso

View in grey wash of a tiled roof with a decorated antique cornice below.

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Date

01 01 2007

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