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SM volume 42/24




Elevation of a sarcophagus set on a pedestal and against an obelisk. The pitched lid of the sarcophagus has an anthemion on a patera, below is an enriched cavetto moulding, and scroll feet enriched with acanthus. The pedestal has double husk wreaths and drops suspended from a ribbon bow and the obelisk has a larger wreath and a drop hung from a ribbon bow and with two sprays of lilies


bar scale (pricked for transfer)

Medium and dimensions

Pen on thin laid paper (305 x 160)


Sir Henry Cheere, Bt (1703-81) or his workshop


scrolly ? W encircled


The hand, medium and support are the same as for 42/14 and 42/33. Drawing 42/33 (q.v.) has been identified as from the hand of Sir Henry Cheere (1703-81) or his workshop and the drawing catalogued here has been attributed to him. The same hand made the drawing for another design for a tomb in the form of a sarcophagus set on a pedestal and against an obelisk see SM 'Miscellaneous drawings' volume 57/89 and see also 57/91*.



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