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SM Adam volume 40/51


[27] Design for a milestone, 1760, unexecuted


Elevation with a stylobate of four steps, a pediment ornamented with a wreath, supporting a band of laurel leaves bound by ribbons, acanthus leaves, a fluted and gadrooned shaft banded by a rectangular inscription panel, surmounted by oversized acanthus leaves, a spiral fluted shaft, and surmounted by a capital of swags and enclosed rosettes, and a fluted socle supporting a domed top. Pencil underdrawing visible


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


59 / Original Red Chalk Sketch / Vol 54 (30) (in pencil in two different modern curatorial hands)

Signed and dated

  • 1760
    datable to 1760

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (306 x 495)


Robert Adam


LVG and fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
Harris, 1987, p. 90
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 220
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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