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  • image SM Adam volume 28/50

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SM Adam volume 28/50


[10] Finished drawing for the monument to Major-General James Wolfe, 1759, unexecuted


Elevation with a segmentally-topped sarcophagus atop a pedestal, ornamented with an inscription panel, acanthus leaves, acroteria and strigillation, supporting a relief panel depicting Wolfe's death scene within a frame of fluted Doric pilasters and a frieze of fret, patera and ox skulls, flanked by sculpted figures in Roman military dress, and surmounted by military trophies and figures - one being Victory presenting a laurel crown, and the others defeated enemy soldiers. The whole is flanked by pedestals ornamented with laurel wreaths and ram masks, supporting spiral fluted columns with military trophies at the base, surmounted by round caskets, and with a pyramid in relief behind


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 1 foot


Monument to General Wolf

Signed and dated

  • 1759
    datable to 1759

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (789 x 1014)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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