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image SM Adam volume 38/30

Reference number

SM Adam volume 38/30

Purpose

[2] Design for the first scheme for the building, 1767-68, unexecuted

Aspect

Plan of a building, with a central block of three recessed on the principal front, and containing tripartite windows, and with five projecting bays on the garden front, the central three of which are blind windows. The central block is flanked by three- by six-bay wings which are projecting on the principal front, and recessed on the garden front. The building contains a court room, a council room, and rooms for juries

Scale

bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Plan of the First pair of Stairs for a County Room / for the County and Town of Hertford (for a County Room / for the County and Town of Hertford in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / Closet / Back Stairs / Court Room / Closet / Stairs / Water Closet / Passage / Council Room / Water Closet / Passage / Vestible / Petty Jury Room / Grand Jury Room / Great Stairs / B (in pencil) and measurements given (verso) Hertford Town hall B

Signed and dated

date range: 1767-68

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (619 x 509)

Hand

James Adam, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam

Watermark

D&CBLAUW

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 17
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 56 For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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