Westminster Abbey, London: Monument to Mrs Mary Hope, commissioned by John Hope, c1767, as executed (1)
John Hope was a wealthy London merchant, who commissioned a funerary monument from Robert Adam on the death of his wife Mary in 1767. The executed monument is located in the south transept of Westminster Abbey - not Mary's burial place of Norton Church, Northamptonshire, as suggested by Bolton - and follows Adam's simple design exactly.
There are six monuments by Robert Adam in Westminster Abbey, those commemorating: John André, William Dalrymple, Mary Hope, the Duchess of Northumberland, James Thomson and Roger Townshend.
Literature: A.T. Bolton, The architecture of Robert and James Adam, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 24; D. King, The complete works of Robert & James Adam and unbuilt Adam, 2001, Volume I, pp. 263, 267