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SM Adam volume 38/29


[3] Design for the first scheme for the building, 1767-68, unexecuted


Elevation of the principal front of a two-storey building with a hipped roof, with a recessed three-bay central block, with an arcaded ground storey, composed of a central window flanked by doors, and with balustraded Venetian windows within relieving arches on the first storey. The central block is flanked by three-bay wings with pitched roofs. With pencil-drawn annotations showing the addition of a central drum and dome over the building, and moreover, it appears that rectangular ornamental panels above the first storey windows in the wings have been scratched out


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


Elevation of a New Design of the Court Room, Council Room & Courts of Justice / for the County & Town of Hertford, proposed to be built on a spot of Ground without the Town / B (in pencil) and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1767-68
    date range: 1767-68

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (624 x 508)


James 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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