Sir John Soane's Museum Drawings

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Purpose:Study of a square decorated frieze with acanthus leaves and dentils, with an egg-and-dart cornice, of a pilaster at the base of the impost of an arch.

Aspect

Detail

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 142

Dated/date range

Undated

Medium/Support/Size

Pencil and pen 

172 x 226

Hand

Unidentified eighteenth-century artist

Reference

Adam vol.57/142

Notes

The style of drawing of this classical detail suggests that it was probably copied from a Renaissance source similar to that of the Codex Corner, which James Adam acquired along with the Albani drawings in 1762 (see T. Ashby, 'Sixteenth-Century Drawings of Roman Buildings', Papers of the British School in Rome, 1904, p.1 and fig.110). The hand may be that of a draughtsman working for the Adam brothers, copying from an unidentified source the Albani collection.

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Date

02 01 2007

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