Inscribed in ink on drawing 65verso inscribed in ink in a contemporary hand, probably that of Robert Adam September /Ld Hopetoun / Mr. Ramsay's recovering/ di Castelli Bolognese/ & send him is Accot./ ready for Sora to write the/ d[be] longe with it/ Stanhope about his Ladden
Signed and dated
- Undated, probably 1755 - 56
Medium and dimensions
Pen, chalk, grey wash121 x 191
The references in this inscription to 'September' and 'Soro' would suggest a letter written by Robert Adam before his and Charles-Louis Clérisseau's tour to Soro in June 1756. Also around this time the Earl of Hopetoun, Sir William Stanhope and Allan Ramsay were all involved in Adam's scheme for rebuilding Lisbon, Portugal (see Adam vol.9/56, and J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, p.205). Castelli Bolognese was an unremarkable town between Faenza and Imola, which Adam may have seen on his Ravenna tour of September 1755.
The plan is similar to that for part of a quadrant in Adama vol.9/63 and it may be part of the circular scheme seen best in Adam vol.9/52. The overdrawn chalk figure indicates that the sheet has been re-used, similarly found in Adam vol.9/67, as does the fragment of inscription on the verso.
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