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SM Adam volume 19/42


[2] Design for a funerary monument, 1769, Adam volume 19/43 executed with minor alterations


Elevation of a wall-mounted rectangular inscription panel, within a frame, ornamented with fluting, and a central lion mask along the bottom, with an apron of festoons and anthemia, and ornamented with rosettes enclosed within figure-of-eight ribbons to either side, flanked by volutes and terms in profile supporting drops of calyx, and with a frieze of fluting alternating with ox skulls, flanked by enclosed rosettes, and surmounted by anthemia, and a central attic compartment, ornamented with an enclosed rosettes flanked by festoons, and surmounted by a flaming urn, supporting arabesques, and ornamented with festoons, gadrooning, guilloche, and ram masks


bar scale of 2 1/4 inches to 1 foot

Signed and dated

  • 1769
    datable to 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (371 x 450)


Different Adam office hands, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 56
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 267
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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