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image Adam vol.55/16

Reference number

Adam vol.55/16

Purpose

Capriccio showing a harbour with two ships below a large, irregular building with a rusticated gate set in fortified walls, with battlements, bastions, large buttresses and campanile. In the background is a Gothic structure with towers.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 16

Signed and dated

Undated, possibly 1757

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen178 x 242

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

In terms of both draughtsmanship and composition, this drawing may be compared with those found in the Gothic and landscape sections of Adam volume 54, notably Adam vol.54/Series 4 and 5. A similar, but more distant, perspective can be found in Adam vol.55/2; there is also a smaller version of the gateway in Adam vol.55/8 verso.

Level

Drawing

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