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image Adam vol.56/14

Reference number

Adam vol.56/14

Purpose

Capriccio of a partially ruined tower on a small island or isthmus, approached over a single-span bridge, with another bridge and a small village in the distance. In the foreground is a waterfall with figures and cattle grazing nearby.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in pencil in a later hand aged 16; in red ink 14

Signed and dated

  • September 1744

Medium and dimensions

Pencil and pen; ink framing line 303 x 432

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

The ruined and battlemented tower depicted by Robert Adam is certainly Scottish and medieval, although the landscape setting with the figures in boats and the distant bridge seems invented. There are several Scottish castellated structures on, or near, islands, but none appears to correspond to Adam's composition here (see D. MacGibbon & T. Ross, The Castellated and Domestic Architecture of Scotland, 5 vols., Edinburgh, 1887).
In the Blair Adam collection there is also a view of the island castle of Loch Leven, Kinross-shire, Scotland, possibly made after a drawing by Clerk of Eldin (see BA 11).

This is a copy after a print by Vivares. For an example of the print see the print room at Blickling Hall, Norfolk, or for a print by Cruickshank after the Vivares print see the british Museum collection. Added December 2013 by the Curator of Drawings.

Literature

Rep. J. Lees-Milne, The Age of Adam, London, 1947, p.18

Level

Drawing

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