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SM Adam volume 21/152


[2] Preliminary design for a monument, c1763, unexecuted


Rough plan and elevation of a monument composed of an urn on a square pedestal, supporting an Ionic column at each corner, and a pediment on each front, and a domed roof, and with stairs either side of the pedestal. There is also a rough elevation of the same but without the stairs or domed roof. There is a third rough elevation showing a rectangular pedestal supporting a spirally fluted column surmounted by an urn, and a portico of four Ionic columns, surmounted by a broken-base pediment (verso) a pencil-drawn column, supported by a pedestal, and surmounted by an urn


not to scale

Signed and dated

  • c1763
    datable to c1763

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (257 x 148)


Robert Adam


King, 2001, Volume II, p. 265
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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