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SM Adam volume 10/165


[4] Preliminary design for the north front of the bath house, c1774, unexecuted


Elevation of the north, water-facing front of a one-and-a-half storey, five-bay bath house, which is raised on a rusticated stylobate. The central three bays form a bowed, balustraded colonnade, articulated by Ionic columns, and with a central aedicule window, flanked by further windows. All this is surmounted by a drum, supporting a stepped dome, and is flanked by single-bay wings with pitched roofs. The bays terminate in a Ionic column, and contain an aedicule window, with a fluted frieze above. This is set within a landscape of trees, and with the detail of the river front complete with boat


not to scale


Sketch of the front to the water-

Signed and dated

  • c1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (320 x 191)


Robert Adam


Rigby salt water Bath


PROPATRIA - Maid of Dort


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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