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SM Adam volume 41/63


[28] Design for cottages, 1779, as executed


Plan of a nine-bay building, segmented into four separate units, with entrances in the second, fifth and eighth bays. The first three bays form an irregularly-shaped space, consisting of three rooms, with stairs to the upper storey at the rear, and a copper set within the second room. The central circular entrance is set behind a columned screen, and provides access to a pair of two-bay cottages. The entrance in the eighth bay provides access to a third. The cottages are similar in composition, forming two rooms, with stairs to the upper floor at the rear, and with an additional space accessed from the rear of the building, with that of the second cottage forming an irregular L-shape


bar scale of 2 1/2 inches to 10 feet


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

Signed and dated

  • August 1779
    Adelphi / 16. Aug.st 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (502 x 365)


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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