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image Adam vol.56/31

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Adam vol.56/31


Study of three twisted trees in leaf growing out of rocky ground.




Inscribed on both album leaf and drawing in red ink 31; lettered in tablet at bottom of drawing R ADAM / after/ S. ROSA; dated within drawing 1751

Signed and dated

  • 1751

Medium and dimensions

Pencil and pen; grey wash; ink framing line367 x 252


Robert Adam


This is a copy of a print by Salvator Rosa of 1661-3 of St William of Maleval (see Richard W. Wallace The Etchings of Salvator Rosa (Princeton, 1979), p.246). In making his copy, Robert Adam has excluded the reclining figure of St William tied to a tree on a rock in the foreground, thereby turning the print into purely a landscape study. His source was undoubtedly in the Blair Adam library.



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