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image Adam vol.56/162

Reference number

Adam vol.56/162

Purpose

Copy of an engraving of a decorative anthropomorphic ewer with several faces composed as handle, spout and base, shown in profile.

Aspect

Study

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 5.; in red ink 162.

Signed and dated

  • Undated, eighteenth century

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, brown and grey washes262 x 185, top 2 corners trimmed diagonally

Hand

Unidentified eighteenth-century artist

Notes

This drawing by an unidentified artist is an enlarged copy of a plate by Adam van Vianen (1569-1627) in Modelles Artificiels de divers vaisseaux d'argent (published by his son, Christian van Vianen, 1650), a copy of which was presumably in the library at Blair Adam. The source of this and other drawings in volume 56 (see Adam vol.56/6 and 7) are William Adam's collection of sixteenth-century books and prints.

Level

Drawing

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