Sir John Soane's Museum Drawings

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Purpose:Italy: Rome: ? Villa Madama on the Monte Mario. View of a wooded hillside showing part of a single-storey villa on a high basement with a loggia facing a garden, supported by a series of arcades.




Inscribed in ink 157

Dated/date range

Undated, possibly 1756.


Pencil and grey wash; pencil framing line

163 x 246


Robert Adam


Adam vol.57/157


This drawing may be an oblique view of the sixteenth-century Villa Madama on the Monte Mario, Rome, with the arcading that forms the edge of the fishponds. Robert Adam's drawing can be compared with the engraving by Giuseppe Vasi taken from a similar viewpoint (see G. Vasi, Delle Magnificenze di Roma Antica e Moderna, Rome, 1761, pl.185). According to Fleming, Robert Adam '... took careful drawings of Renaissance buildings ... ', which in 1756 included the Villa Madama (see J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, p.203). A view of much the same elevation, but in greater detail and attributed to Charles-Louis Clérisseau, is in the Clerk Collection, Scotland (Clerk 20).

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