Sir John Soane's Museum Drawings

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Purpose:Capriccio of a meta on a base with three relief busts and inscriptions on either side, set in a landscape with a large domed building and a four-bay arcade with trees behind.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 148

Dated/date range

Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.

Medium/Support/Size

Pencil, grey wash

280 x 206

Hand

Robert Adam

Reference

Adam vol.57/148

Notes

The Meta Sudans beside the Colosseum in Rome was excavated in 1743 and this may have inspired Robert Adam's capriccio. There is a similar drawing in the Clerk Collection, Scotland (Clerk 189), which shows the same meta beside a large lake; it also has the three relief busts and the same inscription as in this drawing: 'Meta Cipci Antica'.

A meta is a conical marker post.

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Date

03 01 2007

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