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image SM Adam volume 38/63

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SM Adam volume 38/63


[2] Design for the Shambles and Butter Market, 1761, as executed


Plan of the ground floor and principal elevation of a two-storey, domed octagonal tower, arcaded on the ground floor and containing a staircase, with a semicircular arcade, with a pitched roof, around the rear half of the building. The room within the upper register is illuminated by square windows in the octagonal tower. There are and oculus windows in the arcade


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Principal Front of a New Design for the Shambles and / Butter Market of High Wycomb / Plan of the Shambles / Plan of the present Butter / market and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

datable to 1761

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (491 x 584)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam




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



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