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Cullen Castle, Banffshire

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Cullen Castle, Banffshire About 1770 - 1780

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Adam deliberately chose a low viewpoint to emphasise the height of the single span bridge, built by his father in 1744. Elegant trees frame the composition, underlining its picturesque character. Figures provide a sense of scale and human interest, and the play of light and shadow brings the scene to life. Adam described the chief details in pen and ink and used grey washes to define volume, space and atmospheric light. He made hundreds of drawings throughout his career, exploring the relationship between buildings and settings, which informed his own architectural designs.

Glossary Open


The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.


A transparent layer of diluted ink or watercolour.

Composition, Wash


  • Acc. No. D 5325
  • Medium Pen and brown ink and grey wash over black chalk on paper
  • Size 35.60 x 51.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1991