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image Adam vol.56/6

Reference number

Adam vol.56/6

Purpose

Unfinished capriccio showing a river crossed by a three-bay bridge with classical ruins on several levels on one side, and domestic buildings on the other side. In the foreground are a shepherd and sheep, together with other unfinished figures and horses.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in pencil al luzientam saefer/ Hdd gacers?; in red ink 6

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably between 1745 and 1750.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil; pencil framing line282 x 405

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

This drawing by Robert Adam is probably a copy or a variation on a seventeenth-century Dutch print in the collection in the library at Blair Adam. In the Adam sale of 1818 (Catalogue of A Valuable Collection of Antique Sculpture etc. R. Adam, Christie's, London, 21 and 22 May 1818) there was a substantial number of lots of this sort (see lots 51-63 in D. Watkin, ed., Sale Catalogues of Libraries of Eminent Persons, Vol. 4, Architects, London, 1972, pp.142-49). Like his exact contemporary and brother-in-law John Clerk, Robert Adam used prints by Herman van Swanevelt, Anton Waterlo, Zeeman and Franz Edmund Weirotter as source material. It is unlikely that the scene here is topographical, although the classical columns and architrave appear antique.

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Drawing

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