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image SM Adam volume 21/153

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SM Adam volume 21/153


[8] Preliminary design showing an elevation for the third scheme for the funerary monument, 1775, unexecuted


Elevation of a funerary monument, with a stylobate, supporting a fluted sarcophagus, containing an inscription panel. The sarcophagus supports a drum, ornamented with a roundel, and surmounted by a gadrooned urn. The urn is flanked by Doric columns, supporting a frieze of ox skulls connected by festoons, and a pediment. The whole is set against a pyramid in relief, ornamented with medallions, a dado-level band of ornament, and a central niche ornamented with a fan in the semi-dome


to a rough scale

Signed and dated

  • 1775
    datable to 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (154 x 140)


Robert Adam


For a full list of literature reference see scheme notes.



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