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image Adam vol.56/170

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Adam vol.56/170


Landscape study showing a large deciduous tree in full leaf, with numerous other trees in the background.




Inscribed in red ink in 3 places: once on drawing, twice on album leaf 170.

Signed and dated

  • Undated, possibly c.1750.

Medium and dimensions

Green, brown and grey washes540 x 381, top left and bottom right corners torn


Robert Adam (attributed to)


I. H. S. Villandry


There are several tree studies similar to this drawing in the Blair Adam collection (BA 332-384). The somewhat bold and unsubtle form in this drawing suggest a date of c.1750 for Robert Adam, and this is probably also the case for the landscape capriccio in Adam vol.56/171.



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