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SM Adam volume 44/82


[3] Finished drawing for a monument, c1763, unexecuted


Plan and elevation of a monument composed of an urn on a drum. The drum is supported by a square pedestal containing an inscription, and it is enclosed by a domed and pedimented canopy on four Ionic columns. The whole is set within a pencil-drawn landscape


bar scale of 2 3/5 inches to 10 feet


Design of a Monument for Lady Portsmouth (in the hand of William Adam) / (and inscribed on the monument) Sacred to The / Memory of My / Lady Portsmouth and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • c1763
    datable to c1763

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (279 x 421)


Adam office hand, possibly; with pencil-drawn landscape in the hand of Robert Adam, and title inscription in the hand of William Adam


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



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