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  • image SM Adam volume 19/15

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SM Adam volume 19/15


[2] Finished drawing showing a plan and elevation for the first scheme for the funerary monument, 1775, unexecuted


Plan and elevation of a funerary monument, with a stepped stylobate, supporting a pedestal ornamented with a cameo, festoons, a frieze of enclosed rosettes, and ram masks. The pedestal is flanked by caryatids, supporting a rectangular inscription panel, and surmounted by an urn ornamented with sphinxes. The whole is set against a pyramid in relief, and with a rough pencil-drawn pedimented temple behind


bar scale of 4/5 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Monument for the late Earl of Glasgow

Signed and dated

  • 1775
    datable to 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (338 x 529)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 54
For a full list of literature reference see scheme notes.



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