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Reference number

Adam vol.54/130

Purpose

Scotland: Midlothian, Roslin Castle. View showing castle and chapel in a wooded river valley. In the foreground is an irregular castellated building with towers approached by a causeway, beside which are cottages. Below this is an unfinished sketch of a church supported by buttresses.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in pencil in a contemporary hand (possibly that of John Clerk) the height from ye Lodge of ye bridge to ye ground just over ye Center of ye / arch is 57 feet

Signed and dated

Undated, possibly around 1760

Medium and dimensions

Stump and pencil134 x 191, foldlines

Hand

John Clerk (attributed to)

Notes

In the opinion of A. A. Tait, this drawing relates in time and place or subject to those contained in Adam volume 56.The view is almost certainly Roslin Castle and Chapel seen from the valley of the North Esk river, and the inscription appears to be in the hand of John Clerk (1728-1812); there is an etching by Clerk of the castle (see J. G. Bertram, John Clerk of Eldin, Etchings and Drawings, Edinburgh, 1978, p.14). Clerk was a close friend of the Adam family, married to Susannah Adam and from 1745 a sketching companion of his brother-in-law Robert, particularly of topographical subjects. The neat and reasonably accurate style of this drawing is typical of Clerk's work of c.1760. It may have been folded in order to be enclosed in a letter sent to the Adam family in London.

Level

Drawing

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