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  • image SM Adam volume 19/51

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SM Adam volume 19/51


[2] Unfinished design for a monument, c1782


Elevation of a monumental tablet set within a gothic arch supported by columns. The base of the tablet is ornamented with a coat of arms flanked by paterae, with aprons of guttae. The tablet has a frieze of fluting and a central panel with aprons of guttae, and is surmounted by an acanthus leaf crown set within a wreath


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


Who though heir of ample estates, preferred to a life of / B / B (pencil) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1782

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (293 x 458)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 51
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 372
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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