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  • image SM Adam volume 38/35

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SM Adam volume 38/35


[5] Finished drawing for the second scheme for the building, 1767-68, unexecuted


Plan of the first storey of a building with a nine-bay principal front, with the central three bays recessed, composed of a tripartite window, and with an oval lobby with niches beyond. The garden front is nine bays with blind windows in the end bays, and the side fronts are six bays with three-bay bows in the second, third and fourth bays. The building contains a central circular council room, jurors' rooms, and a county room with apsidal ends


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


Plan of the first pair of Stairs Story of the Courts of Justice at Hertford (of the Courts of Justice at Hertford in the hand of William Adam) / Retiring room / Water Closet / Passage / County Room / Book Stairs / Water Closet / Passage / Petty Jury Room / Petty Jury Room / Passage / Council Room / Lobby or Anti room / Grand Jury Room / Great Stairs / A (in pencil) and measurements given (verso) 4 / 12 (in pencil) / 2d / Number 12 (in red pen) / Hertford County hall

Signed and dated

  • 1767
    James Adam Archt 1767

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (556 x 502)


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


XD&CB within a cartouche


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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