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image Adam vol.54/Series 5/17

Reference number

Adam vol.54/Series 5/17

Purpose

Capriccio showing a series of ruined arches converted at one end to a square battlemented tower with flag, set in a landscape. In the foreground are small figures and the remains of a tree.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 17

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1757

Medium and dimensions

Pen137 x 189

Hand

Robert Adam

Watermark

royal arms [part]

Notes

This capriccio is based on a reinvention of ruins such as those shown in the topographical drawing in Adam vol.54/Series 5/5. The battlemented tower may be compared with the composition in Adam vol.54/Series 4/4, and numerous later Adam schemes of the sort.

Level

Drawing

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