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SM Adam volume 19/29


[2] Design for a monument for Major André, c1781, as executed


Elevation of a sarcophagus set within a trefoil-headed apse. The sarcophagus has socle feet and is ornamented with a band of fluting and a figurative tablet depicting the death of Major André. The sarcophagus is surmounted by a socle base supporting a lion and the mourning figure of Britannia


bar scale of 1 inch to 1 foot


Design of a monument for Major André, Adjutant General in America / who was disarmed by the Rebells, when executing a private negotiation by order of / Sir Henry Clinton & put to death as [_ _ _] cruel manner by Genl Washington / On the Bas Relief is represented the body of Major André mourned over by the Marquis de la Fayette, & even by the Rebells themselves- on the top of the Sarcophagus / the figure of Britannia is Reclined in a disconsolate Manner alluding to the general / anger felt for the loss of as gallant an officer.

Signed and dated

  • c1781

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (296 x 416)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 51
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 371
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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