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SM Adam volume 21/174


[3] Alternative preliminary designs for a free-standing funerary monument, 1778, unexecuted


Alternative rough elevations for a free-standing funerary monument. The left-hand design shows a tripartite pedestal, supported by a stylobate, containing an inscription panel, flanked by rectangular relief(?) panels, and surmounted by acroteria flanking a fluted sarcophagus, containing a tablet (ornamented with a coat of arms?), and supporting a bust. The right-hand design shows a pediment, supported by a stylobate, and containing a (rectangular or circular) inscription panel, and flanked by paired volutes, supporting a fluted sarcophagus, with a tablet containing a mitre, crozier and inverted torch, and supporting a bust on a socle, flanked by Corinthian(?) columns/pilasters, supporting a broken-base pediment, underneath which is a roundel containing a coat of arms, and the whole is set against a pyramid in relief


not to scale


Dr Johnson Bp / of Worcester

Signed and dated

  • 1778
    datable to 1778

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (363 x 301)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 31
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 267
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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