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SM Adam volume 41/50


[13] Survey drawing and design for a house, 1777, unexecuted


Above – Elevation of a three-storey, seven-bay building, with a hipped roof and a part-sunken basement. The central, projecting three bays are pedimented, and have a central stepped entrance, set within a single-storey, single-bay Doric portico. There is a plain string course at the first-storey level and half-height windows in the upper storey. The central block is flanked by five-bay wings, with the central three bays canted, and containing semi-circular headed windows Below – Elevation of a three-storey, seven-bay building as above, but with alterations. There is rustication at the ground-storey level, and the entrance portico is removed, with the stepped entrance set within a Doric arch. At the first-storey level, there is a central three-bay, balustraded, Ionic portico, with a roundel and festoons within the tympanum. The portico forms an Ionic screen with the end bays of the central block. The string course in the upper register is formed with a band of guilloche. Above this, there is a frieze of festoons and rosettes, and the building is surmounted by a balustrade, as are the flanking wings. The five-bay wings have additional ornamentation, with panels containing swags and rosettes set above the windows of the canted bay, and figurative roundels in the end bays


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 10 feet


North Front of Mistley House. as it is at present- / (and in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) the seat of The Right Honble Richard Rigby / Elevation of the same front as proposed to be altered-

Signed and dated

  • Oct 1777
    Adelphi Oct.r 10. 1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil within a double ruled border on laid paper (705 x 614)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, with part title inscription in the hand of William Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 22
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 249
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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