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image Adam vol.56/23

Reference number

Adam vol.56/23

Purpose

Capriccio showing a landscape with three figures and a fourth in a boat; in the distance are additional figures and animals near a small village that has a Pantheon-like church with mountains beyond.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in a contemporary hand In the Collection of Dr Bragge; in red ink 23

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably between 1745 and 1750.

Medium and dimensions

Pen; double ink framing lines342 x 430

Hand

Robert Adam

Watermark

small fleur de lys; CM:VI

Notes

This is a copy by Robert Adam of a print by Jean-Baptiste-Claude Chatelain (c.1710-c.1771), published in 1742 by Knapton and Pond, a collection of whose landscape prints was in the library at Blair Adam (see Tait Robert Adam: drawings and imagination (Cambridge, 1993), p.10). Chatelain's engraving was after 'Batelier sous l'Orage' by Gaspard Dughet (1615-1675), which was then in the collection of Dr Bragge (see Marie-Nicole Boisclair Gaspard Dughet (Paris, 1986), pp.296, 349).For drawings that may be attributed to Chatelain, see Adam vol.56/27 and 56/28; for another copy after Dughet see Adam vol.56/12.

Literature

Rep. Tait Robert Adam: drawings and imagination (Cambridge, 1993), fig.4, p.11

Level

Drawing

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