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image Adam vol.56/158

Reference number

Adam vol.56/158

Purpose

Unfinished capriccio showing domed building in partially wooded landscape. In the foreground is a ruin constructed from fragments, with three figures on the steps and a dog.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in red ink in 2 places on the drawing 158.

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably c.1756.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, chalk, watercolour; chalk framing line368 x 527

Hand

Robert Adam

Watermark

IHS

Notes

This drawing is similar to the landscape studies by Robert Adam in the sketchbook in the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York (see Tait Robert Adam: drawings and imagination (Cambridge, 1993), pp.21-23). It can also be compared with drawings in Adam vol.56/49-54 that show the influence of Jean-Baptiste Lallemand (1716-1803) on Adam and reflect his interest in the landscaped park (see Fleming Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome (London, 1962), p.363). Like these other drawings, this composition can probably be dated c.1756; it shows how far Adam had progressed from the landscape compositions he had made earlier in the decade (see Adam vol.56/5).

Level

Drawing

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