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SM Adam volume 21/159


[3] Alternative preliminary design for a monument, c1779, unexecuted


Elevation of a monument with a plinth base containing a tablet inscribed To the Memory of Archibald Stewart Esquire. The plinth is surmounted by a panel ornamented with a figurative oval surrounded by rosette roundels. The panel is flanked by stiles ornamented with scales, and the capitals contain rosette roundels and are surmounted by lamps. The frieze is ornamented with a shield of arms flanked by festoons of calyx. The tablet is surmounted by an urn crossed by festoons of calyx


to a scale


To the Memory of Archibald Stewart Esquire

Signed and dated

  • c1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (182 x 229)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 88
King, 2001, Volume II, pp. 263-264, 267
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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