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SM Adam volume 38/64


[3] Design for the Shambles and Butter Market, 1761, as executed


Plan of the upper register and rear elevation of a two-storey, domed octagonal tower, containing a staircase, with a semicircular arcade with a pitched roof around the rear half of the buidling, and with a low parapet wall topped by spikes between each arch of the arcade, and with small half-height windows in the upper register


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


Back Front of a New Design for the Shambles and Butter Market / of High Wycomb / Plan of the lost over the Shambles / at High Wycomb (in the hand of William Adam) / Plan of the Loft over the Butter Market and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1761
    datable to 1761

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (492 x 605)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias


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



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