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SM Adam volume 41/62


[29] Design for cottages, 1779, as executed


Elevation of a one-and-a-half-storey, nine-bay building, with a hipped roof and brick façade. The projecting central three bays are pedimented, with a central projecting apsidal entrance formed with paired Doric columns, with three-quarter-height windows beyond, a Diocletian window above, and an oculus set within the tympanum. There are further entrances in the second and eighth bays, flanked by three-quarter-height windows, with a plain string course above, and with half-height windows in the upper register


bar scale of 2 1/2 inches to 10 feet


Front of Cottages for Mistley Thorn / (and in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) the Right Honble Richard Rigby / 59 (pencil)

Signed and dated

  • August 1779
    Adelphi / 16.t Aug.st 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (504 x 367)


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, pp. 344-46; Volume II, p. 106
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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