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Preliminary designs and finished drawings for the funerary monument of Admiral Boscawen, drawing 15 as executed, 1761 (4)

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Adam volume 19/1 is the executed version of this monument design. It is similar to Adam volume 19/2 but making use of the wreath and swags on the pyramid from the 4th scheme for the monumemt (Adam volumes 19/3-4).

Adam volumes 54/2/29 and 19/2 make use of coronets in the form of a corona muralis and a corona civica - Roman symbols of military decoration - as in previous designs for the monument (Adam volumes 19/23 and 19/3-4), but in Adam volume 19/1, the executed design, the corona civica is replaced with a corona navalis, a symbol of naval decoration.

The monument is signed Robert Adam Archit. Michael Rysbrack Sculpt., and dated 1763. It remains in situ at St Michael Penkevil church.

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Contents of Preliminary designs and finished drawings for the funerary monument of Admiral Boscawen, drawing 15 as executed, 1761 (4)