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SM Adam volume 19/65


[23] Finished drawing for a funerary monument, 1761, as executed


Plan, elevation, profile, and section of a rectangular monument, with a pedestal ornamented with enclosed rosettes, and a tabula ansata-shaped inscription panel, surmounted by a sarcophagus with eight block feet, and ornamented with Doric pilasters, strigilation, festoons, a roundel, a frieze of fluting and rosettes, a lid ornamented with laurel leaves, and pediments containing arabesques in the tympanum, and acroteria enclosing anthemia


bar scale of 9/10 inch to 1 foot


Countess of Shelburne / Bowood (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1761
    datable to 1761

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash, and pink wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (508 x 378)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 4
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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