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SM Adam volume 38/10


[1] Finished drawing for the ground floor of the prison, 1771


Plan of the ground storey of a rectangular quadrilateral building, with a central court screened by columns at each end, and encircled by rectangular rooms including private prisons, kitchens, and a walled garden


bar scale of 1 7/8 inches to 10 feet


Plan of the Ground Story. of the new Prison at Bath for Willm Pulteney Esqr (of the new Prison at Bath for Willm Pulteney Esqr in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / Court / Lobby / Private Prison / Staircase / Kitchen / Scullery / Cellar / Store Room / Housekeepers Room / Privy / Garden / Privy / Wash House / Laundry / Cellar / Private Prison / Private Prison / Staircase / Private Prison and some measurements given (verso) 3

Signed and dated

  • February 1771
    Febry 1771

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (526 x 376)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonom, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam


LVG surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 3
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 53
For a full list of literature references see scheme note.



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