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SM Adam volume 19/43


[3] 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 Vitruvian scroll along the bottom, and with an apron of acanthus leaves, festoons, and a central medallion containing a coat of arms, and ornamented with rosettes enclosed within tapering figure-of-eight ribbons to either side, flanked by volutes, and drops of calyx in profile, and with a frieze of fluting, flanked by ox skulls, and enclosed rosettes, and surmounted by lamps, and a central attic compartment, ornamented with a medallion flanked by festoons, and supporting a flaming urn, ornamented with festoons, gadrooning, guilloche and ram masks


bar scale of 2 inches to 1 foot

Signed and dated

  • 1769
    datable to 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (347 x 448)


Different Adam office hands, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


King, 2001, Volume I, p. 367
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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