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Drawing - Rocks in a fountain, Rome

Rocks in a fountain, Rome

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    rome (drawn)

  • Date:

    2003 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Robb, Carole (draftsman)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Drawing in charcoal

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Jane Mankiewicz

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case WD, shelf 49, box B

Carole Robb is one of a number of talented British artists who studied at the British School in Rome during the 1970s. Like Stephen Farthing (b.1950) and Christopher Le Brun (b.1951), she rejected abstraction in favour of a figurative style informed by old master painting. This drawing is part of a group of fourteen works (E.3719 to 3732-2004) that illustrate Robb's journey through Rome to Tivoli, and the Veneto, that she undertook in 2003/4. As such, it constitutes a contemporary uprise to the V&A's numerous Grand Tour watercolours of Italy, dating from the 18th and early 19th centuries.

This watercolour of a fountain probably represents one designed by the sculptor Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini (1598 – 1680). The jutting rocks are similar to those in his ‘Fountain of the Four Rivers’ in Piazza Navona and other fountains in Baroque Rome. In this work Robb also focuses on the naturalistic elements of an artificial environment. The rocks in this fountain are built up with thick bold graphite marks. Cross hatching and darker areas suggest Bernini’s creation of artificial depth through sculpted stone. The larger white areas in the top left corner suggest the flanks of a sculpture’s marble base.

Physical description

Drawing in black charcoal of rocks around a little pond

Place of Origin

rome (drawn)


2003 (drawn)


Robb, Carole (draftsman)

Materials and Techniques

Drawing in charcoal

Marks and inscriptions

'Robb 2003'
signed by the artist


Height: 26.4 cm, Width: 34.8 cm

Descriptive line

Drawing, charcoal, Rocks in a fountain, Rome, by Carole Robb



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