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SM Adam volume 41/65


[3] Finished drawing for Mistley Church, c1776, as executed


Elevation of a two-storey, three-bay building, with a hipped roof and a pedimented, Tuscan portico in the central bay, surmounted by acroteria supporting statuary. The central, stepped entrance has a fluted cornice, and this is surmounted by a fanlight. In the first and third bays there are semi-circular headed windows, and these are flanked by Tuscan pilasters. Above this there is a frieze of fluting and rosettes. The central three-bay block is flanked by single-bay pavilions with Tuscan porticoes surmounted by statuary. The pavilions have fanlights set within relieving arches. Above this there are clocks flanked by festoons, with a pediment above, surmounted by belvederes, articulated by Ionic columns and surmounted by stepped, ribbed domes supporting weather vanes


bar scale of 1 3/4 inches to 10 feet


Another Design for Mistley Church (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • c1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (438 x 296)


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


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 23



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