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image SM Adam volume 19/40

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SM Adam volume 19/40


[1] Preliminary design for a monument, February 1774, unexecuted


Elevation for a rectangular wall monument containing an inscription panel, and ornamented with fluting, crossed torches, and surmounted by an urn, and with a pencil annotated section to the right-hand side


bar scale of 2 inches to 1 foot


Mrs Calderwood (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 18/02/1774
    Adelphi / Febry 18t 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (271 x 242)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 53
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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