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SM Adam volume 2/13


[5] Preliminary design for a funerary monument to Robert Child, 1782, unexecuted


Rough elevation of two monuments. The left-hand monument is composed of a sarcophagus supporting an urn flanked by winged putti, and flanked by pedestals, ornamented with an enclosed eagle, and supporting urns, and set against a pyramid in relief. The right-hand monument is wall-mounted, and is composed of an inscription panel, with a segmental apron containing a coat of arms flanked by festoons, and supporting an urn flanked by two winged putti, and set against a pyramid in relief ornamented with an enclosed eagle


not to scale

Signed and dated

  • 1782
    datable to 1782

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (319 x 198)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 24
King, 2001, Volume II, Index p. 265
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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