The Audley End account books, in the Essex Record Office, record that Adam made designs for a monument to Lady Portsmouth in 1763. These three extant drawings presumably represent the design in question. The monument was not executed in 1763, but in 1774 an urn-topped Tuscan column was erected to Lady Portsmouth's memory by Joseph Dixon (d1787), 1,000 yards north-east of the house. Dixon’s monument remains in situ.
See also: Audley End; Saville Row, number 10
R. Chamberlin, and R. Gray, Audley End, 1986, p. 1; D. King, The complete works of Robert & James Adam & unbuilt Adam, 2001, Volume 1, pp. 380, 386, Volume 2, p. 261; J. Bettley, and N. Pevsner, The buildings of England: Essex, 2007, pp. 96, 104
Frances Sands, 2012
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