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SM Adam volume 44/81


[1] Preliminary and finished drawings for a memorial, 1779, as executed


Recto: Left: Plan of a column showing a square pedestal and circular column Centre: Principal elevation of a memorial comprising a pedestal adorned with a panel containing a figure leaning over a large urn, and ram heads at each corner, supporting a tall Doric column with a stiff leaf capital and an urn finial above Right: Elevation of the three remaining sides of the pedestal with marble panels left blank for inscriptions and ram heads at each corner Verso: Preliminary drawing of the elevation of a memorial as drawn in the recto


bar scale of 1 inch to 1 foot


Dorick Column to the Memory of Charles Duke of Queensberry & Dover, upon one side of the Pedestal is proposed a / Basrelief representing Scotland weeping over his Graces Ashes in an Antique Urn / Plan of the Column Pedestal & Step upon which / it is to stand / Three sides of the Pedestal may be / executed like this with Marble Pannells / for Inscriptions with some pencil annotations / (verso) [ _ __ ] of Queensbury Column / (in a different hand) Number 22 with some pencil annotations

Signed and dated

  • 10/04/1779
    Adelphi / 10th April 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper within a ruled border (636X487)


Robert Adam


Bolton, Volume II, Index, 1922, p10
King, Volume 1, 2001, p371
Further literary references in scheme notes



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