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  • image SM Adam volume 2/171

Reference number

SM Adam volume 2/171


[2] Preliminary design for a bath house, c1774, unexecuted


Top left – Plan of a five-bay building as SM Adam volume 10/78, but with a broader stepped approach to the south Bottom left – Elevation of a single-storey, five-bay building, with a stepped, Doric portico, with a central entrance flanked by niches containing statuary. Beyond this a drum supports a shallow dome. All this is flanked by single-bay wings with pitched roofs, and the bays contain a rectangular window flanked by Doric columns


not to scale

Signed and dated

  • c1774

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (314 x 149)


Robert Adam




Lord March / George Johnston wishes to see / Mr Prince(?) and Mrs Hogarth(?) / Signing Papers of B Parkes(?) & / Sunday Dinner at the British (in the hand of Robert Adam)


King, 2001, Volume I, p. 249; Volume II, pp.182-3, 223
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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