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image Adam vol.56/22

Reference number

Adam vol.56/22

Purpose

Scotland: unidentified location. View looking down on a scrubby and rocky headland with two reclining figures and a dog in the foreground, and three additional figures, soldiers or sportsmen.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in red ink 22

Signed and dated

  • Undated

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and grey wash; pencil framing line333 x 495

Hand

John Slezer (attributed to)

Watermark

crowned fleur de lys

Notes

The composition is typical of the bird's-eye view that is found in several of the plates in John Slezer's Theatrum Scotiae (1693), for example the foregrounds in pl.22 and 23 (see Cavers A Vision of Scotland (Edinburgh, 1993), pp.39, 40, 93-100). Several draughtsmen, including John Wyck and Robert White, were involved with Theatrum Scotiae and there is probably a connection between such prints and William Adam's projected Vitruvius Scoticus (see Cavers, op.cit, p.90).

Level

Drawing

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