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image Adam vol.56/161

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Adam vol.56/161


View showing a wide, low waterfall among rocks in a steep valley.




Inscribed in ink 14; in red ink 161.; in pencil J. Bothon verso: in pencil Jan Both Copy

Signed and dated

  • Undated, eighteenth century

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, grey and brown washes; ink framing line255 x 393, 2 top corners trimmed diagonally


Unidentified eighteenth-century artist


Outline capriccio in black chalk, probably by Robert Adam, showing that this is a re-used sheet of paper.


This is a copy by an unidentified artist of a painting by Jan Both (c.1610-1652), and is probably after 'A warm Landscape with a waterfall', which appeared as lot 34 in the Adam sale of 1818 (Catalogue of A Valuable Collection of Antique Sculpture etc. R. Adam, Christie's, London, 21 & 22 May 1818) (see Watkin (ed.) Sale Catalogues of Libraries of Eminent Persons, Vol. 4, Architects (London, 1972), p.165). The subject was a common one with Both (see John Burke Jan Both (New York, 1976)).



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