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SM Adam volume 10/156


[3] Preliminary design for the south front of the bath house, c1774, unexecuted


Elevation of the south front of a one-and-a-half storey, five-bay bath house, with a central, stepped entrance flanked by raised, Ionic aedicules, containing statuary. The entrance is flanked by niches, with an inscribed tablet and a fluted frieze above. All this is surmounted by a drum supporting a stepped dome, and is flanked by single-bay wings, with pitched roofs and rusticated stylobates. The bays terminate in Ionic columns, and contain a rectangular window, surmounted by a figurative roundel and swags


not to scale


Sketch Cold & Hot Baths for Mistley Hall.

Signed and dated

  • c1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (210 x 169)


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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