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image Adam vol.56/155

Reference number

Adam vol.56/155

Purpose

View of a Scottish scene showing a river gorge, possibly the North Esk, in a rocky landscape spanned by a simple wooden bridge, leading to a small partially-ruined castle. In the foreground are figures with horse and cart.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in red ink in 2 places on the drawing 155.

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably c.1750.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, watercolour292 x 446

Hand

Paul Sandby

Notes

This view is typical of Paul Sandby's work of c.1750; the treatment of the horse and cart group is very similar to that in his 'South Prospect of Leith' of 1749 in the Sutherland Collection, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (see Herrmann Paul and Thomas Sandby (London, 1986), p.14, fig.3). The scene is probably on the North Esk river, and the building shown in outline may be Roslin Castle or another view of Hawthornden (see Adam vol.56/26).

Level

Drawing

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