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SM Adam volume 19/58


[2] Design for a funerary monument, 1775, unexecuted


Plan and elevation of a funerary monument, with a rectangular stylobate, surmounted by a fluted rectangular inscription panel with an apron of an ox skull flanked by festoons. There is a diagonal projection on each corner of the stylobate supporting a caryatids in antique dress, surmounted by a frieze of enclosed rosettes, and flaming urns connected by festoons. The frieze supports anthemia and acanthus acroteria at each corner, flanking a segmental pediment ornamented with an enclosed rosette flanked by festoons. behind the segmental pediment is a fluted socle, supporting a large urn ornamented with gadrooning and acanthus leaves


bar scale of 1 3/5 inches to 1 foot

Signed and dated

  • 1775
    datable to 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (287 x 443)


Adam office, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 59
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 267
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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