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image Adam vol.56/18

Reference number

Adam vol.56/18

Purpose

Scotland: Clackmannanshire: Clackmannan Tower. View of Clackmannan Tower, a Scottish towerhouse with irregular additions to one side, entered through a courtyard with classical doorway beyond. It is set in a landscape with young deciduous trees.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in red ink 18

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably between 1745 and 1750.

Medium and dimensions

Penciland pen; grey wash on buff paper; double ink framing lines249 x 347

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

This view of Clackmannan Tower, Scotland, probably made by Robert Adam on the spot, shows the fifteenth-century alterations and extensions, including the pediment of the Renaissance doorway. There is a print of the Tower c.1790 in Francis Grose's The Antiquities of Scotland (London, 1797) (see vol.2, p.57). An account of the building is also given in MacGibbon & Ross The Castellated and Domestic Architecture of Scotland 5 vols. (Edinburgh, 1887) (see vol.I, pp.178-82). This drawing, with its use of washes, is considerably more sophisticated than Adam's drawings of similar subjects in Adam vol.56/14 dated 1744, or in 56/19.

Level

Drawing

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