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  • image SM Adam volume 41/59

Reference number

SM Adam volume 41/59


[11] Unfinished design for a reservoir, c1774, unexecuted


Above- Elevation of a reservoir building as SM Adam volume 1/164, with the reclining figure within the arch depicted as Neptune Below - Plan of a three-bay, semi-circular reservoir, with the central bay projecting


to a scale


Plan and Elevation for a Reservoire for supplying the salt water Baths in the Style of an Ancient Fountain for the Right Hon.ble / Richard Rigby Esqr

Signed and dated

  • c1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (490 x 500)


Office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 22
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 223
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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