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Reference number

SM (9) 63/6/52


Presentation drawing for an aedicule framing an urn over a sarcophagus


9 Elevation; and rough (pencil) plan


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


(Bailey) Design for a Monument to the memory of Lord Bridport

Signed and dated

  • (Bailey) 1816 but datable to 1815

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, Payne's grey, sepia and grey washes, within triple ruled and wash border on wove paper (340 x 424)


Soane office, and titles added later by George Bailey (Soane Museum curator, 1837-60), inscriptions on versos by Robert Baldwin (fl.1762-c.1804)


Drawing 9 shows strigilated sarcophagus ends on both sides of a large inscribed pane with tab-shaped ends. The urn is on a pedestal with a coat-of-arms and surrounded by an Ionic aedicule, backed by a pedimented wall slab. An ouroborous motif is on the tympanum. The elevation is a copy of a 1786 design for a monument to Claude Bosanquet (q.v.), amended to include ornament fitting to a naval admiral.

The Ionic columns have been presented as 'columnae rostratae' by the insertion of ships' prows on three sides. To either side of the columns, and appearing to emerge from behind, are naval trophies consisting of flags, cannon balls and cannons. The monument measures approximately 4 feet 2 inches at its base and approximately 7 feet 4 inches from the bottom of the inscribed panel to the top of the aedicule. Pencil alterations amend the shape of the pedimented wall slab.



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