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Adam vol.56/1


Scotland, unidentified location. View of a landscape, possibly on a headland, with rocky hillocks and small leafy shrubs.




Inscribed on album leaf in red ink 1

Signed and dated

  • Undated

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, grey washes; pencil framing line291 x 469


John Slezer (attributed to), or possibly Robert White or John Wyck


The style of the foreground of this view, and that in Adam vol.56/22, is similar to that found in the prints of John Slezer (d.1714) in Theatrum Scotiae (1693), a copy of the 1718 edition of which was in the library at Blair Adam (see A. A. Tait, Robert Adam: drawings and imagination, Cambridge, 1993, p.13). This drawing may be the work of Robert White, the engraver in overall charge of the plates for Theatrum Scotiae, or of John Wyck, whose work appeared together with Slezer's and in William Adam's Vitruvius Scoticus (see K. Cavers, A Vision of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1993, pp.10-11). There is a copy of Slezer's view of Dunfermline, Fife, in Adam vol.56/4.



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