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SM Adam volume 2/16


[1] Preliminary design for a monument, c1763, unexecuted


Rough elevation of four variant monuments. The left-hand monument is composed of a small pedimented and domed temple, with an arched open front, and containing a pedestal ornamented with an inscription panel flanked by roundels and festoons, and supporting a strigillated sarcophagus, and a bust. The central monument is composed of a small pedimented and domed temple, supported by a square pedestal with an inscription panel, and containing an urn. The top right-hand monument is composed of a rectangular pedestal containing a relief panel, and an inscription panel, and supporting a pyramid. The bottom right-hand monument is composed of a stepped rectangular pedestal, ornamented with enclosed rosettes and an inscription panel, surmounted by four caryatids, supporting an additional pedestal, ornamented with roundels and festoons, and supporting urns, and set against a pyramid in relief


not to scale

Signed and dated

  • c1763
    datable to c1763

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (326 x 218)


Robert Adam


King, 2001, Volume II, p. 265
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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