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image Adam vol.56/4

Reference number

Adam vol.56/4

Purpose

Scotland: Fife: Dunfirmline. View of Dunfermline, showing the Abbey, palace and town in the middle distance, with a single-span bridge and main road; in the foreground are a figure and dog.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in red ink 4

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably between 1746 and 1750.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, grey wash; ink framing line302 x 397

Hand

Robert Adam

Watermark

crowned fleur de lys

Notes

This is a copy by Robert Adam of plate 45 in John Slezer's Theatrum Scotiae (1693), 'The Prospect of ye Town & Abby of Dumfermline'. It is possible that Adam copied it from either the actual drawing in the library at Blair Adam or from the 1718 edition of Slezer's Theatrum Scotiae, which was also in the library. The view shown was taken from the ruins of Malcolm Canmore's tower to the west of the Abbey. Another print in Slezer (plate 46) shows the Abbey from the west at Pittencrieff (see K. Cavers, A Vision of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1993, pp.60-61).

Level

Drawing

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