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SM Adam volume 19/28


[7] Design for a funerary monument, 1762, unexecuted


Rough elevations showing variants for a wall-mounted monument, both with acanthus leaf consoles, supporting a base containing a central inscription panel, flanked by roundels on one variant, and lion masks on the other, supporting a putto holding a shield - the putto on one variant is winged - and leaning against a sarcophagus ornamented with a lyre, and a figurative relief medallion. The sarcophagus is also ornamented with strigillation on one variant, but both are surmounted by a bust


not to scale


JAMES THO......... / BORN 18 OCTOR DIED [ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ]

Signed and dated

  • 1762
    datable to 1762

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (268 x 217)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 51
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 266
Roscoe, 2009, p. 1161
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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