In 1742 Milton had married Lady Caroline Sackville, the daughter of the 1st Duke of Dorset. She died in 1775, and Robert Adam was commissioned to design her funerary monument for the north transept of Milton Abbey church, adjacent to Chambers' house. Milton's grief is known to have been considerable, and three years later, in 1778, Horace Walpole reported that Milton had been reclusive ever since his wife's death. The monument was carved in white marble by Agostino Carlini RA (c1718-90) in accordance with Adam's design, and survives in situ. It is composed of two reclining figures supported by a table tomb base, showing Lady Milton sleeping, with Lord Milton propped on his elbow and observing his wife. Carlini exhibited a model of the monument at the Royal Academy in 1784.
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Frances Sands, 2013
Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.
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Contents of Milton Abbey church, Dorset: Monument to Lady Caroline Milton, commissioned by Joseph Damer, Baron Milton, 1775, executed (4)
- Preliminary design, design, finished drawing and record drawing for a funerary monument, 1775, executed with alterations (4)