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image Adam vol.57/71

Reference number

Adam vol.57/71

Purpose

Italy: unidentified location. View of a square tower with machicolations, surrounded by irregular domestic buildings in a rocky landscape, with a tree.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 71

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, grey and brown washes; pencil framing lines top and bottom, 131 x 185

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Pencil and watercolour sketch of a tower on top of a high slope, which may have been a preliminary sketch for the more finished wash view.

Notes

This view by Robert Adam is similar in composition to Adam vol.57/58, which has a round rather than a square tower, and both can be related to six compositions by Charles-Louis Clérisseau for maison de campagne (see Charles-Louis Clérisseau (1721-1820) Dessins du musée de l'Ermitage Saint-Petersbourg, Musée du Louvre, Paris, 1995, p.148; Inv.2497-2502). A similar fortified village is also depicted in a watercolour attributed to Clérisseau in Adam vol.57/81. The composition and style of the drawing here show Adam working in the manner of Jean-Baptiste Lallemand, as in Adam vol.57/58.

Level

Drawing

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