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Westminster Abbey, London: Monument to Mrs Mary Hope, commissioned by John Hope, c1767, as executed (1)

1767
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

Frances Sands, 2011
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