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SM Adam volume 18/83


[1] Preliminary design for a funerary monument, c1762-63, unexecuted


Rough pencil-drawn elevations of two wall mounted funerary monuments, one being composed of a strigilated sarcophagus, ornamented with a portrait medallion, and supported by consoles flanking an inscription panel, and the other is the same, but set within an architrave, with a fluted base rail, Doric columns to either side, an inscription panel in the frieze, and surmounted by a pediment


not to scale


some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • c1762-63
    datable to c1762-63

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (136 x 295)


Robert Adam


GR surmounted by a crown


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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