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SM Adam volume 41/55


[9] Finished drawing for the west front of the bath house, c1774, unexecuted


Elevation of the west front of the bath house, with a two-bay pedimented wing, articulated by Ionic pilasters, with a part-sunken, rusticated basement. At the basement level, there is an entrance and window, set within relieving arches. Above this, there is a central Venetian window, set within a relieving arch. This is flanked by niches containing urns, with bands of Vitruvian scroll and figurative roundels above. The pediment has a fluted frieze, with capitals ornamented with rosettes, and the tympanum contains a figurative roundel and festoons. The central block beyond is as SM Adam volume 41/56


bar scale of 2 3/4 inches to 10 feet


Elevation of the West End (and in the hand of William Adam) of the Salt Water Bath for the Right Honble Richd Rigby

Signed and dated

  • c1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and pink wash within a double ruled border (cropped) on laid paper (592 x 442)


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


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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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