Sir John Soane's Museum Drawings

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Purpose:Unfinished capriccio of a group of classical fragments overgrown with vegetation, including a composite capital, frieze and cornice, and block of stone.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 153

Dated/date range

Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.

Medium/Support/Size

Pencil, pen

232 x 185

Hand

Robert Adam

Reference

Adam vol.57/153

Notes

This is a further exercise by Robert Adam in picturesque antiquity; it is similar to the drawing by Charles-Louis Clérisseau in Adam vol.57/140 and that by Adam in vol.57/137. All of these drawings may be compared with Piranesi's prints, particularly the foreground treatment, and with the studies of fragments of the Temple of the Sun in the Colonna gardens, Rome, in Adam volume 26, for example vol.26/52 and 69.

Verso

Pen tryouts and in ink, a calculation.

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Date

03 01 2007

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