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image Adam vol.57/152

Reference number

Adam vol.57/152

Purpose

Capriccio or possibly view of a richly wooded landscape; in a hollow is a round-headed archway with deeply recessed opening, possibly an underground grotto.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 152

Signed and dated

  • Undated, possibly late summer 1755.

Medium and dimensions

Black chalk, pen; grey and brown washes243 x 209

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

This rather contrived composition, probably more invented than topographical, was possibly made by Robert Adam during one of his country trips from Rome in the late summer of 1755. A similar, also possibly invented, landscape is found in Adam vol.57/138.

Level

Drawing

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