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SM Adam volume 19/79


[7] Design for a funerary monument to Robert Child, 1782, unexecuted


Elevation of a wall-mounted monument, with a rectangular base with a segmental bow at the bottom flanked by guttae, and containing a rectangular inscription panel, and an oval medallion. This is surmounted by an urn containing an inscription, flanked by putti. the whole is set against a pyramid in relief resting on ball feet, ornamented with an eagle in a wreath, and surmounted by a small flaming urn


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


[R]OB[ERT] / To [the] MEMORY OF ROBETRT CHILD Esq / White (in pencil) and some dimensions in pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1782
    datable to 1782

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including sepia on laid paper (319 x 426)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison


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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