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image SM Adam volume 41/56

Reference number

SM Adam volume 41/56

Purpose

[8] Design for the east front of the bath house, c1774, unexecuted

Aspect

Elevation of the east front of a one-and-a-half storey building, with a part-sunken, rusticated basement. There is a two-bay pedimented wing, articulated by Ionic columns, and with relieving arches containing an entrance and window at the basement level. Above this there are two windows, surmounted by a panel ornamented with an urn and winged griffins forming grotesques. The pediment has a frieze of rosettes, and there is a figurative roundel ornamenting the tympanum. Beyond the wing, the central block is surmounted by a drum supporting a dome. To the south, there is a raised, balustraded portico, with a frieze of rosettes and festoons. To the north, there is a raised balustrade, Ionic colonnade, which forms a bowed front

Scale

bar scale of 2 3/4 inches to 10 feet

Inscribed

Elevation of the East End (and in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) of the Salt Water Bath at Misley the Seat of the Right Honble Richard Rigby

Signed and dated

  • c1774
    c1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil within a triple ruled border on laid paper (603 x 480)

Hand

Possibly
Office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi, with part title inscription in the hand of William Adam

Verso

4

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 22
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 249; Volume II, pp.182-3, 223
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

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Drawing

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