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  • image SM Adam volume 19/44

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SM Adam volume 19/44


[1] Finished drawing for a monument, c1767, as executed


Elevation of a rectangular wall monument within a lancet arch. The monument is composed of an inscription panel within a frame ornamented with fluting and acanthus leaves, and surmounted by volutes, calyx and an anthemion


to a scale


To the Memory of Mary Hope who died / at Brookhall in the County of Northampton, / on the 25th of June 1767 Aged 25, & whose / Remains unnotic'd lie in the Neighbouring / Church at Norton, this Stone an unavail- / ing Tribute of Affection, is by her Hus- / band erected and inscribed. / She was the only Daughter of Eliah / Breton of Forty hall, Middlesex, Esqr. and / was married to Iohn Hope of London mercht. / to whom she left three infant Sons: Charles, / Iohn, and William. / Tho' low in earth, her beauteous Form decay's / My faithful Wife, my lov'd Maria's laid, / In sad remembrance the Afflicted raise / No pompous Tomb, inscrib'd with venal praise; / To Statesmen, Warriors, and to Kings belong / The trophied Sculpture and the Poets Song; / And these the Proud expiring; often claim: / Their Wealth bequeathing; to record their Name; / But humble Virtue, stealing to the Dust, / Heeds not our Lays or monumental Bust. / To name her Virtues ill befits my grief; / What was my bliss can now give no relief; / A husband mourns; the rest let friendship tell; / Fame! spread that Worth; - a husband knew too well.

Signed and dated

  • c1767
    datable to c1767

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (411 x 636)


Adam office hand


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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