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SM Adam volume 21/163


[1] Preliminary design for a funerary monument, 1775, unexecuted


Rough elevation of a funerary monument, with a stylobate surmounted by a rectangular inscription panel with an apron of an ox skull flanked by festoons. There is a diagonal projection at each corner of the stylobate surmounted by caryatids, supporting a frieze ornamented with swags. The frieze is surmounted by acroteria flanking a segmental pediment ornamented with a roundel. Behind the segmental pediment is a fluted socle supporting a large urn ornamented with gadrooning


not to scale

Signed and dated

  • 1775
    datable to 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (119 x 218)


Robert Adam


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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