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image Adam vol.56/5

Reference number

Adam vol.56/5

Purpose

Capriccio of an octagonal pavilion with Venetian windows, on a rusticated and arcaded basement. It is approached from a raised walkway that has a rusticated balustrade on one side and circular, thatched and tiled buildings on the other side. The whole is set in a richly wooded landscape, with figures in a boat in the foreground.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in red ink 5

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably early 1750s.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, watercolour, bodycolour560 x 385

Hand

Robert Adam

Watermark

crowned fleur de lys

Notes

There is a design of a similar octagonal pavilion with Venetian windows by James Adam dated 1755 in the Clerk Collection, Scotland (see J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, pl.32), and another composition by Robert Adam in Adam vol.56/8. The assured hand here is that of Robert Adam; the landscape is typical of his watercolours of the early 1750s, and may be compared with his more accomplished Italian compositions of c.1756 (see Adam vol.56/49-54 and, particularly, the unfinished drawing in vol.56/158). There are several similar compositions by Adam in the Blair Adam collection, some dated 1752 (see BA 205 in particular).

Level

Drawing

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