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image Adam vol.55/60

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Adam vol.55/60


France: Nímes, Tour Magne. Study showing the ruined tower.




Inscribed in contemporary hand, probably that of Robert Adam, Sketch of Tour Magne at Nimes from the/ Wind Mill. Taken on the/ Spot. 13. Decem. 1754; and in ink on drawing 60;

Signed and dated

  • 13 December 1754

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen181 x 117


Robert Adam


Unfinished view in pencil of the Pont du Guard, near Nímes from below.


horned crown


The two drawings (recto and verso) of the antiquities around Nímes in France were made around the same time in December 1754, as was Robert Adam's study of the antique pavement in Adam vol.8/55 (see J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, p.116). Adam's letter of 5 December relates that 'We proceeded to Avignon by way of Bagnol, to which place I fancy we must return in order to get upon the post road to Pont du Guard (another Antiquity) & to Nimes where we will remain 2 or 3 days' (National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh, Clerk of Penicuik Collection, GD18/4751). The untrimmed drawing is a complete page taken from a small notebook and shows the marks of the string gatherings and rounded corners. Similar pages are found in Adam vol.57/81-83.



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