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image SM Adam volume 54/2/31

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SM Adam volume 54/2/31


[9] Preliminary design for the funerary monument of Admiral Boscawen, 1761, unexecuted (3)


Rough plan and elevation with a plain pedestal with projecting ends, surmounted by squat fluted columns decorated with armorial hatchments, supporting strigilated urns. Set back in the centre is a sarcophagus with a scrolled pediment and containing an inscription panel. On top is a bust on an ornamental, shaped socle, and set into a circular concave fluted recess within a pyramid, with naval trophies at the base. There is a partial profile on the right-hand side in pencil


not to scale

Signed and dated

  • 1761
    datable to 1761

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (135 x 262)


Robert Adam


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