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image Adam vol.56/3

Reference number

Adam vol.56/3

Purpose

Scotland: Moray: Elgin Cathedral. View of the ruins of Elgin Cathedral seen from across the River Lossie. In the foreground are several figures, one fishing, and a horse added in pencil.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Lettered in pencil ELGIN; inscribed in red ink 3

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably between 1746 and 1750.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, grey wash240 x 382

Hand

Robert Adam

Watermark

countermark

Notes

This is a copy by Robert Adam of a drawing by Paul Sandby of c.1746, now in the National Galleries of Scotland (D67). Apart from lacking the quality of the original, Adam's drawing differs from that of Sandby in the two figures and horse in the foreground. (For the relationship between Sandby and the Adam family at this time, see A. A. Tait, Robert Adam: drawings and imagination, Cambridge, 1993, pp.11-15.) Drawings in Adam vol.56/27 and 56/28 are attributed to Sandby and probably belong to this Scottish period. The unfinished pencil inscription, ELGIN, in large letters at the top of the sheet suggests that this drawing was intended for engraving.

Literature

Rep. A. A. Tait, Robert Adam: drawings and imagination, Cambridge, 1993, fig.9

Level

Drawing

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