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image SM Adam volume 41/58

Reference number

SM Adam volume 41/58

Purpose

[5] Design for a bath house, 1774, unexecuted

Aspect

Plan of the lower level of a bath house, with a central passage, flanked by coal rooms. To the south of the passage there are oval staircases leading to the upper floor, and with rooms for bathing gowns beyond. To the north, there is an apsidal-ended cold bath, flanked by circular dressing rooms with niches, and the north entrance is accessed by paired, curved stairs. To the east and west there are additional vaulted baths, with bowed, stepped entrances beyond. To the south of the building there are pipes for supplying the baths and its reservoir, with an additional pipe for waste

Scale

bar scale of 1 3/4 inches to 10 feet

Inscribed

Plan of the Salt water Baths at Mistley / (and in the hand of William Adam) the seat of the Right Honble Richard Rigby / Publick Cold Bath / Dressing Room / Coals / Boiler / Dressing Room / Passage / Private Cold Bath / Private hot Baths / Coals / Dressing Room / Bathing Gowns / Bathing Gowns / Pipe for supplying the Reservoir from the Sea / Pipe for supplying the Baths / Waste Pipe and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • Dec 1774
    Adelphi Dec.r 19.t 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (496 x 651)

Hand

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

Verso

6 / 6

Watermark

PVL

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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