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image Adam vol.57/75

Reference number

Adam vol.57/75


Italy: ? Tivoli. View of the top of a waterfall, with rocks in the foreground and trees in the background.




Inscribed in ink 75

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, black chalk, brown and grey washes220 x 313


Robert Adam


bird on monti


This view may depict one of the numerous waterfalls around Tivoli, which both Robert Adam and Charles-Louis Clérisseau drew. There is a similar view in chalk and brown wash, probably by Clérisseau, in the Clerk Collection, Scotland (Clerk 115) that shows the complete waterfall with figures in the foreground. Both drawings may be compared with the waterfall at Terni, a fine drawing of which is in Adam vol.57/149, which Adam either collected or commissioned. Adam was frequently at Tivoli to see the painter Allan Ramsay (1713-1784), who had an apartment in the Villa d'Este (see J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, p.174). He visited Terni in September 1755 (see Fleming, 1962, op. cit. p.180).



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