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SM Adam volume 41/60


[30] Design for a fountain, 1779, executed with minor alterations


Above- Elevation of a fountain, with a truncated mound, flanked by plinths supporting urns, and surmounted by a fountain basin, which is encircled by miniature pillars, linked by chains Below- Elevation of a fountain, with a basin set within a central niche, supplied by a waterspout in the form of a lion mask above. This is flanked by sloping walls, which terminate in plinths supporting urns. Behind this there is a truncated mound, surmounted by a fountain basin, encircled by miniature pillars which are linked by chains


bar scale of 4 1/4 inches to 10 feet


Elevation of the Fountain for Mistley Thorn / (and in the hand of William Adam) for The Right Honble Richard Rigby and some dimensions

Signed and dated

  • Oct 1779
    Adelphi / 4.th October 1779-

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (534 x 382)


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






Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 22
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 344
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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