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image Adam vol.56/163

Reference number

Adam vol.56/163

Purpose

Study showing two deciduous trees.

Aspect

Study

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 71; in red ink 163.

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably c.1755.

Medium and dimensions

Pen; ink framing line235 x 247, laid/mounted onto backing sheet and trimmed to ink framing line, bottom left corner torn

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

This drawing is one of a number of tree and landscape studies by Robert Adam (see also Adam vol.56/156, 157, 165, 169); 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.This drawing can be compared in particular with his earlier and less sophisticated studies, Adam vol.56/10 and 56/11. There are many, similar tree in the Blair Adam collection (BA 320-326). The consecutive ink numerals, 71 and 72, and remains of a backing sheet on both this drawing and Adam vol.56/164 suggest they once may have been part of the same, now-dismembered, volume.

Level

Drawing

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