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image SM Adam volume 41/57

Reference number

SM Adam volume 41/57

Purpose

[12] Design for a bath house and reservoir, 1774, unexecuted

Aspect

Longitudinal section of a one-and-a-half-storey building, with a part-sunken basement. The central block contains a circular room, with a domed ceiling, ornamented with a central patera, fluting and bands of enclosed calyx. The dome is articulated by Corinthian pilasters, with a frieze of rosettes above. There is a doorway on the central axis, with a figurative roundel set above. To the left of this there is a fireplace, surmounted by an overmantel mirror with tapering herm pilasters. Above this there is a figurative oval. To the south of the central block, there is a stepped, balustraded portico, with a frieze of swags and rosettes. To the north there is a raised, bowed colonnade. At the basement level there is a central arched passageway, with an arched space to the north. Beyond the building, to the south, there is a reservoir building as SM Adam volumes 1/164 and 41/59, with the water levels of the spring and common tides recorded

Scale

bar scale of 1 3/4 inches to 10 feet

Inscribed

Section from North to South through the Reservoire and salt water Baths shewing the inside of the Sea(?) Room and the two Porticos with the levels of the Water at High and Low water in common and spring Tides and the manner of supplying and emptying the different Cisterns and affording a constant supply of water / (and in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) Section of the Baths at Misley the seat of the Right Honble Richard Rigby / Level of Spring Tides at high water / Level of common Tides at high water / Level of Common Tides at Low water

Signed and dated

  • Dec 1774
    Adelphi Dec.r 19.t 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (647 x 501)

Hand

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

Verso

5 / 5

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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