Sir John Soane's Museum Drawings

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Purpose:Capriccio of a large urn with figures in relief, surrounded by architectural fragments. To the right is a niche with figure flanked by giant columns on bases with relief panels.




Inscribed in ink 141

Dated/date range

Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.


Pencil, penand grey wash, on brown washed paper; ink framing line

253 x 280


Robert Adam


Adam vol.57/141


This capriccio may be compared with that in Adam vol.57/139. The urn depicted is similar to the type of vase found in the Villa dei Medici in c.1780, although Robert Adam's source of inspiration here and in Adam vol.57/139 is probably Piranesi. (See Piranesi Vasi, Candelabri, Cippi, Sarcophagi, 1778, particularly that shown as being from the Villa Albani.)

Use of brown washed paper is also found in Adam vol.57/47 and 57/86.


Unfinished pencil capriccio of column and capitals, similar in composition to the drawing on the recto.

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02 01 2007

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