Sir John Soane's Museum Drawings

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Purpose:Capriccio of a strigillated sarcophagus at the foot of two columns with entablature.




Inscribed in ink 155

Dated/date range

Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.


Pencil, pen, brown and grey washes; double framing lines in ink , within square framing lines in pencil.(2 sheets, joined vertically)

169 x 170; within a circle of 160 dia.


Charles-Louis Clérisseau (attributed to)


Adam vol.57/155


This drawing is on two joined pieces of paper; the left-hand side, which is in pencil, is unfinished. The ink framing lines have been inscribed after the two sheets have been joined. The attribution of the drawing to Charles-Louis Clérisseau is based on comparable roundels of classical capricci in The Hermitage (see Charles-Louis Clérisseau (1721-1820) Dessins du musée de l'Ermitage Saint-Petersbourg, catalogue of exhibition in the Musée du Louvre, Paris, 1995, p.145). There are several similar, smaller watercolour compositions in Adam vol. 56 with a sarcophagus theme (for example, see Adam vol.56/121 by Robert Adam).

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03 01 2007

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