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image Adam vol.56/11

Reference number

Adam vol.56/11


Study of a deciduous tree in full leaf, with downward-sweeping branches across a knarled trunk.




Inscribed in red ink 11

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably between 1745 and 1750.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil and pen253 x 227


Robert Adam


This study is a fuller version of the tree shown on the extreme left of Adam vol.56/10. It may be compared with those in Paul Sandby's forest landscape prints of c.1752 (see L. Herrmann, Paul and Thomas Sandby, London, 1986, p.16). There is an etching of trees in the Blair Adam collection (BA 397) that is similar to both this drawing and the Sandby prints. A common source for both Robert Adam and Sandby would be Dutch seventeenth-century prints, such as The Large Oak by Jacob van Ruisdael (1628-1682) (see D.Freedberg, Dutch Landscape Prints, London, 1980, pp.57-8).



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