In July 1760 Robert Adam wrote to his brother James that he intended to have the design engraved, but there is no evidence that it was published. There are six monuments in Westminster Abbey designed by Robert Adam: to the Duchess of Northumberland, Roger Townshend, John André, James Thomson, Mary Hope and William Dalrymple.
See also Westminster Abbey, London: Monument to Major-General James Wolfe
A.T. Bolton, The architecture of Robert and James Adam, 1922, Volume II, Index pp. 51, 89; J. Fleming, 'Robert Adam, Luc-François Breton and the Townshend monument in Westminster Abbey', Connoisseur 150, April 1962, pp. 163-170; G. Beard, The work of Robert Adam, 1978, p. 55; E. Harris, and N. Savage, British architectural books and writers: 1556-1785, 1990, p. 91; D. King, The complete works of Robert & James Adam and unbuilt Adam, 2001, Volume I, pp. 363-364, 373
Frances Sands, 2011
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.
Browse (via the vertical menu to the left) and search results for Drawings include a mixture of Concise catalogue records – drawn from an outline list of the collection – and fuller records where drawings have been catalogued in more detail (an ongoing process).
Contents of Westminster Abbey, London: Monument to Lieutenant-Colonel Roger Townshend, commissioned by Viscountess Townshend, 1760, executed (13)
- Preliminary designs and designs for variant designs for the funerary monument of Lieutenant-Colonel Roger Townshend, 1760, executed with alterations (5)
- Preliminary designs, and designs for the atlantes on the funerary monument of Lieutenant-Colonel Roger Townshend, 1760, as executed (4)
- Designs for a relief panel for the funerary monument of Lieutenant-Colonel Roger Townshend, 1760, executed with alterations (2)
- Designs for ornamental panels on the sides of the sarcophagus on the funerary monument to Lieutenant-Colonel Roger Townshend, 1760, as executed (2)