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SM Adam volume 38/32


[6] Design for the second scheme for the building, 1767-68, unexecuted


Elevation of the principal front of a two-storey, nine-bay building, with a hipped roof, and with an arcade across the central three recessed bays on the ground storey, surmounted by three bays colonnaded by Ionic columns on the first storey. This is flanked by three-bay projecting wings, with pitched roofs, and with additional half-height windows above each window on both the ground and first storeys


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


Elevation of a New Design for the Country Room Council Room & Courts of Justice &c. / for the County & Town of Hertford proposed to be Built fronting the Market place / Principal front (in the hand of William Adam) / (5th Design) A.T.B. (in pencil in the hand of Arthur Bolton) and some measurements given and some rough calculations in pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1767
    Janry 9. 1768

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (584 x 508)


James Adam


XD&CB within a cartouche


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



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