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image Adam vol.56/157

Reference number

Adam vol.56/157


Capriccio showing a castellated structure in a mountainous and wooded landscape.




Inscribed in ink 85; in red ink 157.

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably after 1755.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, brown washes; black chalk framing line198 x 272, top 2 corners trimmed diagonally


Robert Adam


This drawing is one of a number of tree and landscape studies by Robert Adam (see also Adam vol.56/156, 163, 165); and a large collection at Blair Adam (BA 332-384). Robert Adam may have been inspired by landscape prints such as Paul Sandby's forest landscapes of c.1752 (see Herrmann Paul and Thomas Sandby (London, 1986), p.16, fig.4). However, these five drawings are more sophisticated than others found earlier in Adam volume 56 (such as 56/10, 56/11) and were probably made after 1755.



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