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Reference number

Adam vol.54/Series 5/10

Purpose

Possibly unfinished capriccio showing an irregular building of several stories with tower, colonnades, battlements and an external rustic staircase. It is in a wooded and hilly setting and is approached over a bridge. In the foreground centre are rocks and vegetation.

Aspect

Perspectiveverso perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 10

Signed and dated

Undated, but datable to1755 - 57

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil183 x 300

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Pen capriccio showing a landscape with two circular buildings, one a version of the other, on top of wooded hills. One appears to have a thatched dome on an arcaded drum with three bays below. The other, which is in the distance, is similar but overgrown.

Watermark

crown and royal arms

Notes

Both the architecture and landscape here are typical of Robert Adam's Roman period and his taste for the picturesque. It might equally have been inspired by the picturesque landscape Adam passed through on his return journey from Italy in 1757. The building may be compared with a similar, but earlier, composition of a hilltop group in Adam vol.56/12.

Level

Drawing

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