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image SM Adam volume 38/9

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SM Adam volume 38/9


[3] Preliminary design for houses in the New Town, 1777


Elevation of a detail of a three-storey terrace of houses, with a balustraded roofline and a rusticated ground storey; composed of projecting three-bay pedimented blocks, articulated by fluted Ionic columns above the ground storey, and these blocks are connected by six-bay links


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 10 feet


Sketch of houses for the New town at Bath. For William Pulteney Esq (in pencil) / Sketch of Houses for the New Town at Bath for William Pulteney Esqr (in the hand of William Adam) (verso) 1 / Note 7 Drawings have been cut out from here at some time / 1905

Signed and dated

  • 29/07/1777
    Adelphi / 29t. July 1777.

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (537 x 383)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam or Joseph Bonomi, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


GR surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 3
King, 2001, Volume 2, p. 76
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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