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SM Adam volume 10/78


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


Plan of a five-bay building with a stepped colonnaded entrance, flanked by niches, leading to a circular sea/tea(?) room beyond. To the north there is a bowed colonnade, and to the east and west of the sea room steps lead to rectangular wings containing additional bath pools


not to scale


Sea Room(?) / Rt Honble Richard Rigby Mistley Hall / Essex

Signed and dated

  • c1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (223 x 172)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 22
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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