Explore Collections Explore The Collections
You are here: CollectionsOnline  /  Finished drawing for a monument, 1778, executed with minor alterations
  • image SM Adam volume 19/19

Reference number

SM Adam volume 19/19


Finished drawing for a monument, 1778, executed with minor alterations


Elevation of a monument, with a pedestal base containing a blank tablet supporting a central arch with rosettes ornamenting the spandrels. The arch is flanked by piers ornamented with a reclining lion and unicorn, crossed downturned torches, and ox masks flanked by swags. The head of the arch contains a blank tablet with an apron of guttae, and this is surmounted by a sarcophagus ornamented with fluting, a band of rosettes, and a central figurative tablet. The sarcophagus is surmounted by a pedestal ornamented with a wreath and bearing an urn embellished with gadrooning and ram masks. The urn is flanked by mourning winged putti. Beyond the sarcophagus there is a pyramid in relief ornamented with a crest bearing a coronet and swags, and this supports a flaming urn with claw feet and ornamented with gadrooning, a band of guilloche, and ram masks. The pyramid is flanked by piers ornamented with draped, mourning figures and ram masks bearing festoons, and they are surmounted by oil burners in relief


bar scale of 1 inch to 1 foot



Signed and dated

  • July 1778
    Adelphi / 10.t July 1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (428 x 590)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 51
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 368-69
Aymonino, 2010, pp. 288-296
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: drawings@soane.org.uk

Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.

Browse (via the vertical menu to the left) and search results for Drawings include a mixture of Concise catalogue records – drawn from an outline list of the collection – and fuller records where drawings have been catalogued in more detail (an ongoing process).