Adam F.R.S.A., Robert (1728 - 1792)
Capriccio Landscape. Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour. c.1780. On the artist's distinctive wash-line mount. Provenance: Adam's landscape drawings appeared in the dispersal of his collection at Christie's 20th May 1818 and 9th July 1821; [...] Sotheby's 21st December 1937 (lot 21); to Bernard Squire; from whom acquired by L. G. Duke (D37) February 1938; Colnaghi; Arnold Fellows. 12x19.5 inches. Framed: 27x20 inches.

Adam made landscape drawings in the 1750s while in Italy studying under Clérisseau. Naturally those drawings take the Roman campagna and classical ruins as their subjects. But from the late 1770s to the late 1780s Adam returned to making landscapes. These later, picturesque capricci are routed in the landscape of his native Scotland.

This work appears in the Exhibition: BRITISH WORKS ON PAPER 2024