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SM Adam volume 19/11


[8] Finished drawing for the funerary monument of Major General James Wolfe, 1759, unexecuted


Elevation with a segmental-topped sarcophagus ornamented with strigillation, acroteria and military trophies, supporting a rectangular relief panel depicting Wolfe's death scene, flanked by caryatids in the form of two captured enemy soldiers, surmounted by a tablet of angels, a band of Vitruvian scroll, and winged griffons flanking an urn. The whole is flanked by pedestals ornamented with ram masks, supporting caskets and fluted columns, and with a pyramid in relief behind


to a scale

Signed and dated

  • 1759
    datable to 1759

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (657 x 848)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias




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



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