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image Adam vol.56/24

Reference number

Adam vol.56/24

Purpose

England: Channel Islands: Jersey: Elizabeth Castle. Unfinished view of Elizabeth Castle with figures in front of the small battlemented fort set on a rocky outcrop, with the sea and hills in the distance.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in pencil in a later hand Elizabeth Castle. Jersey.; in red ink 24

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably between 1745 and 1750.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, grey wash on brown washed paper; pencil framing line202 x 450

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

This drawing by Robert Adam is probably based on a print of Elizabeth Castle, since he had no association with Jersey either early or late in his architectural career. Views of the castle were made by Wenceslaus Hollar in 1659 and by J Bastide c.1731 (see N V L Rybot The Islet of St Helier and Elizabeth Castle (St Helier, 1935), figs.21 and 49). However, it is clear from the Adam sale catalogues, particularly that of 1818 (see Catalogue of A Valuable Collection of Antique Sculpture etc. R. Adam, Christie's, London, 21 & 22 May 1818), that Adam had a considerable collection of British topographical prints, described as a 'large parcel' (see Bolton The Architecture of Robert and James Adam (London, 1922), vol.II, p.329-333), and this drawing may be after one of them.

Level

Drawing

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