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SM Adam volume 41/64


[2] Finished drawing for Mistley Church, c1776, as executed


Above- Elevation of a two-storey, three-bay building, flanked by single-bay towers as SM Adam volume 41/65, with minor alterations. The central portico omits the surmounting statuary, and has a frieze containing a central tablet and rosettes. The building frieze omits the fluting, and the tower clocks are without the festoon ornamentation Below- Plan of a three-by-two-bay building, with porticoes to the front and rear. Within, circular stairs are set in circular compartments, which flank apses set behind columnar screens. There are plans of the pews, pew boxes and the pulpit. To the left and right there are adjoining square towers, with exterior porticoes. Within the left-hand tower there is an additional stair, and within the right there is a plan of the altar


bar scale of 1 3/4 inches to 10 feet


Mistley Church (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • c1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (480 x 618)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


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Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 23



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