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image Adam vol.56/26

Reference number

Adam vol.56/26

Purpose

Scotland: Midlothian: Hawthornden. View of the partially-ruined castle at Hawthornden, set high on rocks above a wooded gorge of the North Esk river, with a seated figure in the foreground to the right.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in red ink 26

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably late 1740s

Medium and dimensions

Pencil and pen;watercolour240 x 388

Hand

Paul Sandby

Notes

This drawing by Paul Sandby (1725-1809) presumably belongs to his Scottish period of the late 1740s, and may be compared with a similar view he made of Bonnington Linn, Strathclyde, of c.1750 (see Holloway The Discovery of Scotland (Edinburgh, 1978), p.48). There is a virtually identical view by Hugh William Williams (1773-1829) made in 1796 (see Holloway, op.cit, p.84, fig.80). The castle was largely rebuilt in the seventeenth century and was a favourite subject for topographers in the later eighteenth century. The Sandby view in Adam vol.56/155 is of the same date as this drawing and is probably also a landscape of the North Esk.

Level

Drawing

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