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SM Adam volume 38/36


[9] Design for the third scheme for the building, 1767-68, unexecuted


Elevation of the principal front of a single-storey, nine-bay building, with a hipped roof, and a central three-bay bowed portico, with lotus capitals, and a frieze of festoons, and with a conical roof, behind which is a Venetian window with a central door, and the portico is flanked by three windows to either side


bar scale of 1 4/5 inches to 10 feet


3d Design Elevation of a County Hall for the Town of Hertford (3d Design in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / D (in pencil) and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1767-68
    date range: 1767-68

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (574 x 509)


James Adam, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 17
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 56
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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