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image Adam vol.54/Series 5/8

Reference number

Adam vol.54/Series 5/8

Purpose

Unfinished capriccio showing a landscape with an irregular castle approached by a bridge in the distance. Below is a watermill and buildings. In the foreground is a small wooden footbridge over a stream.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 8

Signed and dated

Undated, possibly early 1750s, or 1757

Medium and dimensions

Pen, black chalk136 x 208

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

This type of wooded landscape with buildings can be seen in Robert Adam's copies after seventeenth-century prints in volume 56 (see A. A. Tait, Robert Adam: drawings and imagination, Cambridge, 1993, pp.10-12). The careful draughtsmanship of this composition is more typical of Adam's work of the early 1750s before he left for Italy (see Adam vol.56/6 and 23, and also Adam vol.54/Series 5/10), although it might also have been executed during Adam's return journey from Italy in 1757.

Level

Drawing

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