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image SM Adam volume 10/92

Reference number

SM Adam volume 10/92

Purpose

[23] Preliminary design for a monument for the chapel, c1778, executed with alterations

Aspect

Rough elevation of a tripartite monument, with a central portrait medallion, encircled by a frame of enclosed rosettes, and set against a ground of paterae enclosed within quatrefoils; and this central compartment is flanked by fluted compartments with containing central vesica-shaped figurative medallions. Each compartment is surmounted by a pediment, ornamented with enclosed rosettes, and a with central enclosed urn; and the outer pediments are surmounted by finials, and the central pediment is surmounted by a sculpted lion on a fluted socle

Scale

not to scale

Inscribed

D of North Chapel at Alnwick (in pencil)

Signed and dated

datable to c1778

Medium and dimensions

Pencil and wash on laid paper (251 x 174)

Hand

Robert Adam

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 1
Aymonino, 2010, p. 290
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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