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image SM Adam volume 19/20

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SM Adam volume 19/20


[11] Finished drawing showing a plan and elevation of the fourth scheme for the funerary monument, 1775, unexecuted


Plan and elevation of a funerary monument, with a stepped stylobate supporting a strigillated sarcophagus containing a cameo. The sarcophagus supports a female figure leaning on an urn, flanked by Doric columns, supporting a fluted frieze, and a pediment with three acroteria. The whole is set against a pyramid in relief, ornamented with bands of guilloche and Vitruvian scroll, and with a blank shield


bar scale of 7/10 inch to 1 foot

Signed and dated

  • 1775
    datable to 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (594 x 443)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 54
For a full list of literature reference see scheme notes.



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