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Finished drawing showing an elevation of the principal front for the building, c1765-68, unexecuted (1)


Of this design for the elevation of the building Alistair Rowan wrote the following: ‘There is an antique gravitas about this solemn yet sumptuous façade orchestrated by no less than ten gigantic Corinthian columns, arranged as a semi-circular peristyle at the centre of the façade. The pedimented flanking blocks adopt a vocabulary that Adam had acquired in Rome: heavy tabernacle frames on bracketed plinths, long panels of relief sculpture and rectangular upper windows copied from Michelangelo’s St Peter’s. A final Roman motif is provided by the semi-circular domes on the side elevations.’

The Adam brothers’ designs for the Bath Assembly Rooms were not executed. See scheme notes.



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