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image Adam vol.7/186

Reference number

Adam vol.7/186

Purpose

Academic study for a naked male figure holding a rope while seated on a cloak covering a rock.

Aspect

Perspective

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1761/62

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, brown wash on brown washed paper267 x 202

Hand

James Adam

Notes

This drawing would seem to be the sole remaining example of James Adam's figure studies, made while he was in Rome, and possibly in the drawing academy of Pompeo Batoni (1708-87) (see A. A. Tait, Robert Adam: drawings and imagination, Cambridge, 1993, p.61). In December 1762 Adam still had little faith in his figure and ornament drawing and was ' . . . not at all assured of my rules . . . ' (J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, p.301).

Literature

Repr. A. A. Tait, Robert Adam: drawings and imagination, Cambridge, 1993, p.62, fig.51

Level

Drawing

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